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Mohammad Eslami, head of Iran's nuclear agency

Iran Nuke Chief Vows UN Watchdog’s Cameras Will Remain off Until Deal Revived

The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization said Monday, July 25, that UN surveillance cameras installed at the country’s nuclear sites to monitor operations will remain off, unless the defunct 2015 nuclear deal with world powers is revived.

Iran said it removed the cameras last month as talks to rescue the nuclear agreement faltered.“We will not turn on the IAEA cameras, until the other side returns to the nuclear deal,” Mohammad Eslami told reporters.

Eslami said that the whole point of the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, was to end accusations that Iran’s nuclear program is anything but peaceful. As long as such accusations persist, the cameras will stay off, he said, insisting that Iran’s nuclear activities were for peaceful purposes only.

“They demand that Iran makes a quick decision, [insisting that] time is limited and Iran must respond quickly,” foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said at his weekly news conference, referring to Western parties to the nuclear deal.

The JCPOA was signed between Iran and the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany. It gave Iran sanctions relief in return for curbs on its nuclear program to prevent it obtaining a nuclear weapon. As part of the deal, Iran agreed to install dozens of UN-operated cameras at its facilities to monitor activities. (TOI / VFI News)

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