A day after the IAEA Board of Governors passed a resolution on Iran’s lack of safeguards cooperation, Director General Rafael Grossi reported that Tehran had informed the agency of plans to remove 27 IAEA cameras installed per the JCPOA. Grossi assessed that the move “would be a fatal blow [to reviving the deal]”. Relatedly, Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasised that “further nuclear provocations and further reductions of transparency… would be counterproductive and would further complicate our efforts to return to full implementation of the JCPOA. The only outcome of such a path will be a deepening nuclear crisis and further economic and political isolation for Iran. We continue to press Iran to choose diplomacy and de-escalation instead”. The same day, President Raisi asserted that “the Iranian nation is serious about its right. Did you think that if you issue a resolution… we will withdraw from our positions?” “We will not take a single step back from our positions”, he affirmed.
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