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Iran will block snap inspections of its nuclear power plants.

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On Monday, Iran announced that they will block any snap inspections by United Nations (UN), if the US would not be ready to return to the 2015 nuclear deal. Iran has suffered economically when the former US President Donald Trump in 2018 withdrew from Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Mr. Trump withdrew from Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal, and imposed crippling sanctions on Iran.

In response to this, Iran started enriching uranium again and has been doing so since the 2015 nuclear deal was withdrawn. The US President said that he believes in the 2015 nuclear deal, and he would like to return to the deal, but so far Iran and the US have not discussed the deal yet.

Part of the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran agreed to snap inspections from the International Atomic Energy Agency to check that the Iranian nuclear power plant is in full compliance with the nuclear deal. Unfortunately, since the nuclear deal has been withdrawn, Iran can reject such inspections allowing them to continue enriching uranium and denying it. Recently, Iran increased the amount of centrifuges and started enriching uranium to 20% purity.

But, Iranian Foreign Minister spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said that the additional protocol of inspections that was agreed with JCPOA can remain if the US return to the 2015 nuclear deal by February 21st.

If others do not fulfil their obligations by Feb. 21, the government is obliged to suspend the voluntary implementation of the additional protocol. All these steps are reversible if the other party changes its path and honors its obligations.

Iranian Foreign Minister spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh.

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