Dr Mike Evans

US Secretary of State Blinken warns Iran against camera shutdown, says it will ‘deepen’ crisis

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Thursday that Iran is deepening concerns by removing cameras designed to monitor the nation’s nuclear program.

Iran reportedly removed or shut down 27 cameras according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The move was reported a day after the IAEA censured Iran for its efforts to stop nuclear inspections.

“The only outcome of such a path will be a deepening nuclear crisis and further economic and political isolation for Iran,” Blinken said.
“Such steps would be counterproductive and would further complicate our efforts to return to full implementation of the JCPOA,” he added.

Iran did not confirm that it had removed the cameras, but a spokesman for Iran’s nuclear program presented firm words against the IAEA on Wednesday.

“We hope that they come to their senses and respond to Iran’s cooperation with cooperation,” Behrouz Kamalvandi, an Iranian nuclear program spokesman, said Wednesday, according to the Times of Israel. “It is not acceptable that they show inappropriate behavior while Iran continues to cooperate.”

France, the U.K., Germany and the United States called on Iran to comply with the IAEA to stop further damage to negotiations.

“We urge Iran to heed the call of the international community to fulfill its legal obligations, and cooperate with the IAEA to fully clarify and resolve issues without further delay,” a joint statement said.

“If Iran does this and the Director General is able to report that the unresolved safeguards issues are no longer outstanding, we would see no need for further Board consideration and action on these issues,” it said.