| 26 May 2024, Sunday |

France says Iran must cooperate with UN nuclear watchdog

The French foreign ministry said on Monday that Iran must continue cooperating with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear watchdog and immediately restore full access to it .

The French foreign ministry added it regretted the lack of confirmation by Iran of a monitoring deal with the IAEA.

Iran said on Monday that it had yet to decide whether to extend a monitoring dead with the UN nuclear watchdog which lapsed last week, amid Washington’s warning that Tehran’s failure to renew it would complicate talks to revive its 2015 nuclear accord.

Iran and world powers are in talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, under which Iran accepted curbs to its nuclear program in return for the lifting of international sanctions.

“No decision has been made yet, either negative or positive, about extending the monitoring agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA),” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh told a televised weekly news conference.

On Friday, the IAEA demanded an immediate reply from Iran on whether it would extend the agreement, While US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said any failure to extend it would be a “serious concern” for broader negotiations.

  • Reuters