Iran is threatening to cancel a deal it reached with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) over inspections if the nuclear watchdog’s board adopts a US-led resolution condemning the agreement.
As required by a law passed by Iran’s parliament, Tehran stopped voluntarily complying with the Additional Protocol this week, an aspect of the JCPOA that allowed the IAEA to conduct snap inspections.
Last Sunday, IAEA chief Rafael Grossi struck a three-month deal with Iran’s government to soften the impact of ending the Additional Protocol, a deal the nuclear watchdog is happy with. But the US isn’t happy with the agreement and is calling on the IAEA’s 35-nation Board of Governors to condemn it through a resolution at a scheduled meeting next week.
In a paper sent to the IAEA, the US said it wants a resolution to “express the Board’s deepening concern with respect to Iran’s cooperation with the IAEA.”
Since the US withdrew from the JCPOA, Iran was not obligated to continue complying with the Additional Protocol or any other limits set by the deal. So naturally, Iran is rejecting the US’s call for a resolution and threatening to scrap the deal reached with Grossi if it is adopted.
“Iran perceives this move as destructive and considers it as an end to the Joint Understanding of 21 February 2021 between the Agency and the Islamic Republic of Iran,’ Iran said in its own paper.
If the US resolution is adopted and Iran scraps the deal, it would just be another example of pressure from Washington and its allies that forces Iran to take steps they later complain about. The law requiring Iran to stop complying with the Additional Protocol was passed in the wake of the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the Iranian scientist who was killed in an apparent Israeli plot.