Iran Restricts IAEA Access to Main Enrichment Plant after Attack—Diplomats

July 1, 2021


John Irish and Francois Murphy



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Iran has limited the ability of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to inspect the country's primary uranium-enrichment facility in Natanz, according to Western diplomats. Iran justified the move as necessary to preserve security at Natanz after an alleged Israeli attack on the site in April. The IAEA has not reported the matter to its member states or convened an emergency meeting of its board of governors. Separately, a temporary agreement between Iran and the IAEA to preserve data from the Agency’s monitoring cameras at Iranian nuclear facilities expired last week. The IAEA said that Iran had not responded to inquiries about extending the arrangement.