Iran to Boost Nuclear Activities, Halt IAEA Inspections If EU Doesn’t Relieve US Sanctions Burden

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Tehran stopped adhering to the provisions of the 2015 nuclear deal in May 2019 due to the US withdrawal from the accord and introduction of sanctions against the Islamic Republic. Iran noted that since the remaining signatories had failed to protect it from the US sanctions, it’s no longer obligated to abide by the accord.

Iran’s Guardian Council has approved a bill on the “revitalisation” of nuclear activities, which was previously passed by the country’s parliament, Fars news agency reported. The new law orders a halt to the implementation of the Additional Protocol of the Non-Proliferation Treaty Safeguards Agreement and thus suspends the inspections carried out by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The adopted law will reportedly be transferred to the Iranian government for further implementation.

The legislators initially eyed a one-month deadline for the sanctions burden to be relieved, but extended it after an objection from the Guardian Council – a powerful 12-member body that determines whether or not adopted laws violate Iran’s constitution. The law was first introduced around seven months ago, but its adoption was significantly hastened by the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientist Professor Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on 27 November, which Tehran has blamed Israel for.

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani, however, criticised the law, stressing that it would hurt the Islamic Republic’s…

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