Tehran said it has no obligation to provide an answer to the UN nuclear watchdog, which demanded on Friday an immediate reply from Iran on whether it would extend a monitoring agreement that expired overnight, Reuters reported.
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Iran’s only nuclear power plant in Bushehr has been temporarily shut down over a “technical fault”, the country’s atomic energy body said in a statement.
Iran's chief negotiator at international talks on its nuclear programe said late on Saturday he believed they could not conclude this week.
Washington told Tehran on Tuesday that it must let the UN atomic agency continue to monitor its activities, as they agreed on, or put wider talks on reviving the Iran nuclear deal at risk, Reuters reported.
The director of the international nuclear watchdog agency, IAEA, said Iran's lack of cooperation over the past few months prevents him from being able to assure the public that the country is not building a nuclear weapon.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a recent report that its monitoring relations with Iran are not satisfactory amid nuclear talks to restore Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal that appear likely to be extended.
Iran and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) have extended a technical agreement reached in February for another month, which allows the agency to monitor the country’s activities at its nuclear sites.
A three-month monitoring deal between Tehran and the United Nations nuclear watchdog IAEA expired on Saturday, Iran’s parliament speaker told the country’s state TV on Sunday, adding that access to images of nuclear sites would end.<
Iran has enriched uranium to 63 percent, higher than the announced 60 percent that already complicated talks to revive its nuclear deal with world powers, a report by the UN nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday he was optimistic over talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers and said the West has no other choice but to lift the international sanctions against Iran, state media reported.