Iran has agreed to allow international inspectors to install new memory cards in the surveillance cameras that monitor Iran’s nuclear sites.
The agreement came days after reports by the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency that Iran had been stonewalling its investigations and impeding its monitoring activities. Western countries, including the U.S., were said to be considering censuring Iran for its recalcitrance — an act that itself could run the risk of jeopardizing further talks aimed at getting Iran to honor the 2015 nuclear deal.
The director-general of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, flew to Tehran this weekend to discuss the situation with the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization. “We had a major, major communication breakdown with Iran, which, of course, is something we cannot afford, having so many important issues that we need to solve,” Grossi told reporters after he returned, the according to the Associated Press. “And I think that was solved.”
After the meeting, a joint statement by the two organizations announced that they had “reaffirmed the spirit of cooperation,” and promised to continue holding discussions. The statement also acknowledged that inspectors could “service the identified equipment and replace their storage media.”
The surveillance footage will continue to be kept under seal inside Tehran, where inspectors don’t currently have access to it. But in case a broader agreement to restore the 2015 nuclear…