Iran Shuts Off Cameras at Nuclear Sites

UN Inspectors Lose Access

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United Nations nuclear inspectors in Iran are literally in the dark.

As of tomorrow, Iran will shut off hundreds of cameras installed by the International Atomic Energy Agency at Iranian nuclear facilities. The change comes as a result of a law passed by Iran's parliament, which stipulated that inspectors will be granted less access if the United States does not drop punitive sanctions. The change in status also means the IAEA will be unable to monitor 2,000 tamper-proof seals seals placed on Iranian nuclear equipment.

Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif claimed that Iran has no choice in the matter. Since Iran is a "democracy" it must abide by the decisions of its parliament. “We have a democracy. We are supposed to implement the laws of the country. And the parliament adopted legislation — whether we like it or not.”

The move comes as Iran attempts to pressure the West to drop sanctions in exchange for talks over its nuclear program. The Biden administration has said it intends to re-enter the 2015 JCPOA, which granted Iran access to a nuclear weapon.

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