Iran: No Decision on Deleting Nuclear Surveillance Footage

Monitoring deals didn't give IAEA access since February

Iranian Foreign Ministry officials issued a statement Monday saying that no decision has been made on what to do with the surveillance footage collected from nuclear sites. There have been suggestions from parliament that Iran should just delete them.

Early in the nuclear deal, the camera footage was given to the IAEA as part of a voluntary monitoring deal. Beginning in February, Iran scaled back voluntary monitoring, and while the cameras remained running they did not give the footage to the IAEA anymore.

With no one entitled to the footage, there is a lot of controversy over what to do with it, with the US warning Iran it better not do anything with it. With the assumption that a new nuclear deal might call for the footage to be given to the IAEA retroactively, the Rouhani government left the question for the new government to decide.

It is unlikely that the Raisi government will make any rash moves either. The footage remains a possible bargaining chip, and there is no reason to actually delete it in the meantime.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of