September 30, 2022

US tensions grow with Iran as IAEA meeting approaches

The U.S. said on Thursday that it may confront Iran at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) next month if the nation does not cooperate more, potentially setting back speculation of renewing the 2015 nuclear deal. This shocking threat from Joe Biden likely caught many international observers off guard. 

The IAEA holds it next quarterly meeting this week as the nuclear watchdog prepares regarding news of new talks between the nations in Obama-era deal.

In 2018, then President Donald Trump removed the U.S. from the deal with Iran, effectively ending the three-year initiative. Iran had repeatedly broken its agreements regarding inspections at its nuclear sites.

The IAEA says it wants answers regarding old nuclear sites.

“If Iran’s non-cooperation is not immediately remedied…the Board will have no choice but to reconvene in extraordinary session before the end of this year in order to address the crisis,” a U.S. statement to the Board of Governors said, according to a Reuters report.

Iran claims its Karaj location was attacked in June by Israel, a location where access to surveillance cameras was not granted as required in the past agreement.

A potential resolution could be passed at the IAEA’s meeting if changes are not made, a move that could end the upcoming Iran agreement renewal talks before they begin.




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