Iran Removes Two IAEA Surveillance Cameras from Nuclear Facility
Iran removed two surveillance cameras of the International Atomic Energy Agency from one of its nuclear facilities on Wednesday, June 8, in response to an expected censure from the nuclear watchdog’s Board of Governors.
The move marked a mild escalation, but still fell short of potential Iranian threats to completely kick out the IAEA, withdraw from the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, or enrich its uranium stock up to the 90% weaponized level.
"So far, the IAEA has not only been ungrateful for Iran's extensive cooperation but has also considered it as a duty. From today, relevant authorities have ordered that surveillance cameras of the Online Enrichment Monitor (OLEM) be shut down," reports said.
The United States, Britain, Germany and France angered Iran by submitting to the IAEA's governing board a draft resolution criticizing Iran for not fully answering the watchdog's questions on uranium traces at undeclared sites.
The resolution text, seen by Reuters and little changed from a draft circulated last week, will be debated and voted on at this week's quarterly meeting of the IAEA's 35-nation Board of Governors, possibly as soon as Wednesday night.
Several diplomats said the resolution was likely to pass easily despite Iranian warnings of retaliation and consequences that could further undermine already stalled talks on rescuing Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Iran's ally Russia, one of the powers, opposes such a resolution. (JPost / VFI News)
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