Tehran 0
9 January 2021

Citing a law passed by Iran’s parliament on potentially limiting IAEA inspections and comments by an Iranian lawmaker on the expulsion of inspectors, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo contended: “Iran’s threat goes much further than violating the JCPOA… nuclear brinksmanship will not strengthen Iran’s position, but instead lead to further isolation and pressure”. He also underscored that “The world’s top sponsor of terrorism should not be allowed to enrich uranium at any level”, adding: “Iran’s expulsion of international inspectors must be met by universal condemnation”. However, Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson explained that “the country will stop inspections beyond the Safeguards if the other parties fail to implement their commitments according to the legislation passed by the Parliament… [which] does not mean the expulsion of the inspectors of the IAEA”.

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