Iran Will Allow IAEA to Reinstall Cameras at Karaj Factory

Iran will keep recordings, pending a monitoring deal

Iran and the IAEA have both confirmed a deal on replacing the damaged cameras at the Karaj centrifuge factory. The cameras were damaged in an Israeli sabotage attack in June.

Replacing the cameras took awhile due to time spent on negotiation of the terms. The main sticking point was the IAEA agreeing to condemn the sabotage attack. The Iranian parliament passed a law confirming that the IAEA will not have access to the recordings right now.

That’s because the IAEA has no right to the footage, barring a new monitoring agreement. Such deals have been talked about, but so far not finalized. It is expected that the new deal will come with a restoration of the nuclear deal itself.

Iran said that the allowance of new cameras is a voluntary gesture of goodwill. They added that they want to end misunderstandings surrounding the IAEA relationship.

The IAEA has wanted more access than they’re getting, but since Karaj just makes centrifuges and doesn’t operate them on site, Iran has a strong case that any access for cameras on the site is purely voluntary.

Author: Jason Ditz

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