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U.S. threatens escalation with Iran at IAEA next month -Breaking

© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: The cleaning crew works at a news conference that was attended by Rafael Grossi (IAEA Director General), on the 13th of September 2021 in Vienna. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

VIENNA (Reuters – Thursday’s threat by the United States to confront Iran next month at the International Atomic Energy Agency was a clear indication that the United States is ready for a confrontation with Iran if they don’t cooperate better with the watchdog. This could jeopardize talks about a revived 2015 large-power agreement with Iran.

Tehran is locked in several standoffs with the IAEA, whose 35-nation Board of Governors is holding a quarterly meeting this week.

Donald Trump, then-president of USA pulled Washington from the 2015 deal that removed sanctions in exchange for Iran’s nuclear activities being restricted. After he imposed crippling sanctions again, Tehran increased its nuclear activities and decreased cooperation with IAEA.

Iran is denying the IAEA access to re-install surveillance cameras at a workshop at the TESA Karaj complex. IAEA is also seeking answers about the origin of uranium particle found in apparently undeclared old sites. Iran says it continues to subject its inspectors “excessively intrusive physical searches”.

According to a statement by the United States to the Board of Governors, “If Iran’s refusal to cooperate is not immediately rectified… The Board will be forced to convene an extraordinary session prior to the end of the year to deal with the crisis.”

It stated that it meant “especially” to the reinstallation of IAEA cameras in Karaj’s workshop. This Karaj workshop makes parts for advanced centrifuges, which enrich uranium.

The apparent sabotage of the workshop occurred in June. Iran claims it was attacked by Israel, its arch-enemy.

A single of the four IAEA cameras that were installed in Iran was damaged and footage has been lost. Iran took all of the cameras down after the incident. Israel has yet to comment.

Rafael Grossi of the IAEA stated on Wednesday that it was still not clear if the workshop would be operating, adding that it was too late to make an agreement.

Most likely, an extraordinary Board meeting will be called to adopt a resolution on Iran. It is a diplomatic escalation that could threaten Tehran.

That could jeopardise indirect talks between Iran and the United States on reviving the 2015 deal, which are due to resume on Monday.

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