TEHRAN: Iran said on Sunday that the technical inspection of the new surveillance cameras at the Karaj nuclear facility began after Tehran said the previous cameras were damaged in an attack blamed on Israel. The new cameras, provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), are to replace those Iran says were damaged on June 23 during an Israeli “sabotage” operation.
Tehran and the Vienna-based IAEA announced on Wednesday that they had reached an agreement to replace cameras at the TESA nuclear complex in Karaj, west of Tehran, a factory that manufactures centrifuges. Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, listed the three conditions set by Tehran for resettlement.
Iran demands “legal and security investigations into the sabotage”, condemnation of the case by the IAEA, and a “technical and security investigation of the cameras” before their installation, he said. voicing on state television.
“The authorization given by Iran did not come in the form of a new agreement, but after the three preconditions were met,” Kamalvandi added. The IAEA was unable to recover the camera’s memory cards destroyed in June, and the agency’s chief executive, Rafael Grossi, said on Friday he had “doubts” about the missing camera memory unit.
Suspicions have been raised in Iran that the June attack could have been made possible by hacking the cameras. But Grossi dismissed the suggestion as “absurd,” insisting that the monitors were tamper-proof and, once installed, had no means of remote data transmission.
For the rest of the cameras in Karaj, as well as other sites where IAEA activity has been restricted since February, Iran said the footage would only be available to the IAEA after US sanctions. lifted. How and when Iran might get sanctions relief is one of the topics discussed in the Vienna talks.
Former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018 and imposed sweeping sanctions, including a unilateral US ban on Iranian oil sales, promising to bring the US adversary to its knees.
Talks – aimed at bringing the United States back into the deal and Iran to roll back nuclear activities – began in April this year, but then stalled for several months when the Islamic Republic elected a new government ultra-conservative. Talks finally resumed at the end of November and European diplomats warned on Friday that they had “quickly come to the end of the road”.