Iran: IAEA Won’t Have Access to Karaj Cameras Until Sanctions End

Footage will be kept under joint control

Adding to details on the IAEA’s deal with Iran on installing new cameras at Karaj, Iran has confirmed that the footage will not actually be given to the IAEA, as it falls outside of the monitoring agreement.

The deal is for the centrifuge factory in Karaj to get new cameras to replace those destroyed in Israel’s sabotage. The replacement required the IAEA to condemn the sabotage.

The plan now, according to officials, is that the cameras will be replaced and activated, but the footage itself will be kept under joint control, and only transferred to the IAEA if and when a deal to end the Iran sanctions happens.

That was in essence what the monitoring agreement’s status is anyhow, and simplifies matters, though opponents of the nuclear deal will no doubt present this as Iran withholding footage.

In reality, Iran is setting the conditions, which are conditions everyone already should know. That this was the deal made suggests that the IAEA is being very clear-headed on what needs to happen.

Author: Jason Ditz

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