'Iran-IAEA ties based on NPT and safeguards, no more no less'

The head of the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran (AEOI) has said that the ties between the Islamic Republic and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are based on the terms of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and the Agency's Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and nothing more or less.

Mohammad Eslami made the remarks on Wednesday while speaking to reporters after a Cabinet session in Tehran.

In his remarks, Eslami rejected claims raised by an Iranian parliament lawmaker suggesting that the government had violated a parliament law on Iran's nuclear program by providing the IAEA with an opportunity to inspect sensitive facilities in the country. 

Further, he refuted installation of more IAEA surveillance cameras at a nuclear site in the central Iranian province of Isfahan.

Parliament's strategic law mandates the Iranian government to restrict IAEA inspections and to accelerate the country’s nuclear program beyond the limits set under the 2015 nuclear deal, aka Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). 

The law was adopted after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018 and imposed sanctions on the country. 

After IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi's official visit to Iran in March, both Iran and the agency announced their commitment to enhance cooperation and work towards resolving outstanding safeguards issues.

Also, Iran voluntarily allows the agency to perform verification activities and increase monitoring in cases it deems necessary.

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