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Iran shuts down two surveillance cameras belonging to UN nuclear watchdog: report


The Iran nuclear deal has been a point of contention between the United States and Iran for some time now and tensions flared again when Iran decided to remove two surveillance cameras belonging to the Agency International Atomic Energy Commission of one of its nuclear facilities. The UN nuclear watchdog has installed cameras at all nuclear facilities in the country to monitor their activities. But the move came after Iran was criticized for failing to fully respond to questions from the UN watchdog over traces of uranium discovered at undeclared sites in the country.

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“Until now, the IAEA has not only been ungrateful for Iran’s extensive cooperation, but has also considered it a duty. Effective today, relevant authorities have ordered the closure of the Online Enrichment Monitor (OLEM) surveillance cameras,” state television said, according to the Associated Press.

“Iran cannot be cooperative while the IAEA displays unreasonable behavior. We hope the agency will come to its senses and respond in cooperation with Iran,” Atomic Energy Organization of Iran spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told state television, according to the report. of the PA.

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The United States, Britain, Germany and France submitted a draft resolution to the IAEA expressing concern over Iran’s non-cooperation after the detection of traces of uranium. The resolution, which Reuters has had access to, is expected to be discussed at the IAEA’s quarterly members’ meeting.

While Iran has not directly initiated the process to create a nuclear weapon, the country has increased its uranium reserves in the recent past and this has greatly worried Western countries.

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