The Biden administration told the IAEA Board of Governors that “although we welcome the ongoing discussions focused on a mutual return to JCPOA… we note that Iran’s obligations under its Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement are separate from its JCPOA commitments. They cannot be set aside. Failing to hold Iran to them would both undermine the integrity of the international safeguards system and set a troubling precedent for international efforts to ensure that Iran is adhering to all of its nonproliferation commitments”. Further referencing “with serious concern developments related to Iran’s decision to suspend implementation of provisions of its Additional Protocol as of 23 February”, the U.S. asked the IAEA to provide continued safeguard reporting “sufficiently in advance of the September Board so that the Board may consider any necessary response”. Meanwhile, Iran’s envoy asserted that the “recurrence of sabotage acts and assassination of nuclear scientists will be responded [to] decisively, but also certainly leave no option for Iran but to reconsider its transparency measures and cooperation policy with the Agency”.
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