U.S. tells Iran to continue monitoring of nuclear activity

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U.S. tells Iran to continue monitoring of nuclear activity

The logo of the International Atomic Energy Agency is seen at their headquarters during a board of governors meeting in Vienna, Austria, on June 7 -- 2021 amid the coronavirus outbreak in Vienna, Austria. Leonhard Foeger is the URIST and ReUTERS Leonhard Foeger.

On Tuesday the U.S. told Iran that it must let the US atomic agency continue to monitor its activities as stipulated in an agreement that has been extended until June 24 or put more serious talks on reviving the Iran nuclear deal at risk.

The International Atomic Energy Agency and Iran reached a three-month agreement in February, cushioning the blow from Tehran's decision to reduce its cooperation with the agency by ending extra monitoring measures introduced by the 2015 deal. Under this new side agreement, which was extended by a month on 24 May, data continues to be collected in a black box configuration and is only able to access it at a later date with the IAEA. It is unclear if the agreement will be extended again -- the IAEA has said such negotiations are getting harder to accomplish. We strongly encourage Iran to avoid any action that would prevent the collection of or IAEA access to information necessary for it to quickly re-establish continuity of knowledge, a statement said at a meeting of the 35 - nation Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Such action, at a minimum, would severely complicate ongoing efforts to reach agreement on how Iran can return to compliance with its 2015 JCPOA commitments in exchange for a similar U.S. resumption, it added referring to the 2015 Deal by its full name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

At Vienna this week, U.S.-Iran negotiations on reviving the deal are due to resume in Vienna. The data covered by the separate IAEA-Iran agreement includes real time enrichment levels of uranium as well as whether centrifuges remained in storage and the production of centrifuge parts.

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