UN nuclear agency and Iran work to extend monitoring


The International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran are working to extend their monitoring agreement to keep nuclear negotiations with world powers and Tehran on track, the IAEA said Thursday.

“The Agency and Iran are now in consultations,” the Vienna-based UN watchdog said in a statement sent to AFP.

IAEA director general Rafael Grossi announced on February 21 the two sides had struck a three-month technical accord “to maintain a necessary level of surveillance and verification”.

This covers the agency’s inspections of Iranian nuclear facilities. The accord runs out soon and European nations involved in the negotiations in Vienna have called for it to be continued.

Britain, France, and Germany said “access for the Agency is obviously key” to help ensure the overall nuclear deal with Iran is restored.—APP