Sunday, February 28, 2021


 News outlets report that this past Sunday, Iran signed an interim deal with the IAEA also known as the International Atomic Energy Agency, giving them access to observe nuclear activity in Tehran for only 3 months. To prevent any negative effects of this decision, Director- General of the IAEA Rafael Grossi agreed to a temporary deal with Tehran, limiting the access of IAEA inspectors to nuclear facilities but the number of inspectors will remain the same. Grossi states that “this is not a replacement for what we used to have. This is a temporary solution that allows us to continue to give the world assurances of what is going on there, in the hope that we can return to a fuller picture."

This will eventually lead to Tehran and the Biden administration meeting to discuss nuclear operations. This interim deal came after last week as an immediate response to Iran announcing that it would stop enforcing any additional protocol. This protocol can be found in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)- and the aim was to put a limit on Iran’s nuclear program by conducting inspections and it gave the IAEA access to anywhere in Iran in exchange for reducing the sanctions against them despite Iran saying that they do not intend to do harm with their nuclear program.

The current US President Joe Biden wants to have meetings with Tehran to discuss Iran’s nuclear deal in order to reestablish compliance, but I am doubtful that Iran will agree to backing down on their nuclear program after years of compliance and the fact that the US has a history of not holding its end of an agreement.

by Shalom Simon-Okube


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