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By Parisa Hafezi

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran mentioned on Monday it is going to block snap inspections by the U.N. nuclear watchdog this month if different events to the 2015 nuclear deal fail to fulfil their obligations, a problem to U.S. President Joe Biden’s hope of reviving the accord.

“If others don’t fulfil their obligations by Feb. 21, the federal government is obliged to droop the voluntary implementation of the Extra Protocol,” International Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh mentioned.

“It doesn’t imply ending all inspections by the U.N. nuclear watchdog … All these steps are reversible if the opposite get together modifications its path and honours its obligations.”

The Biden administration goals to return america to the nuclear deal, which then-President Donald Trump deserted in 2018. Underneath the deal, Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.

After Trump give up and reimposed sanctions, Iran started violating some limits within the deal. Washington and Tehran now disagree over how greatest to revive the accord, with each side demanding the opposite aspect act first to return to compliance.

The nuclear deal granted wide-ranging entry to the Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company to collect info on Iran’s nuclear actions. However underneath a legislation enacted final 12 months, Iran’s authorities is obliged to revoke that entry on Feb. 21 if different events will not be complying with the nuclear deal.

Iran has lengthy denied looking for nuclear weapons.

Iran’s intelligence minister mentioned final week that persistent Western strain may push Tehran to struggle again like a “cornered cat” and search nuclear weapons. However Khatibzadeh rejected this, citing a non secular decree issued within the early 2000s by the Islamic Republic’s prime authority, Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, banning nuclear arms.

“Iran has not sought and can by no means search nuclear weapons … The Supreme chief’s fatwa is legitimate,” mentioned Khatibzadeh.

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