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Iranian envoy informs IAEA about Tehran's one-month extension of agreement

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, May 24, IRNA -- Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to Vienna-based International Organizations Kazem Gharibabadi on Sunday carried a decision by Iran to the IAEA about the extension of a late February agreement.

An agreement between Iran and the agency provided that Iran would allow the IAEA to keep cameras installed in Iran's nuclear facilities recording for another three months, but the recordings wouldn't be available for the IAEA until US sanctions against Iran were removed.

Iran's Supreme National Security Council issued a statement on Monday announcing the extension of the three-month agreement with the IAEA.

The statement, however, said that Iran will still stop the voluntary implementation of an Additional Protocol based on a Parliament law to protect the interests of the Iranian nation.

The deadline expired today, the statement said, while announcing that the deadline has been extended and Iran will keep the camera recordings for another one month so as to give diplomacy another chance.

The statement said that the decision to extend the deadline was taken as technical negotiations to resolve the safeguards issues between Iran and the agency are underway simultaneous with Vienna talks over Iran's nuclear program.

Gharibabadi has advised the negotiating countries to use this opportunity, provided on the basis of Iran's good faith, to completely lift the sanctions in a practical and verifiable manner.


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