Iran talks 'avert' impact of nuclear inspection deadline

Iran and the global nuclear watchdog, the IAEA, have agreed to temporary measures to offset Iran's decision to restrict access to inspectors.

These would enable the agency to retain the "necessary degree of monitoring and verification work", IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said, without going into detail.

The move comes ahead of a deadline set by Iran to stop intrusive checks of sites unless US sanctions are lifted.

Tensions have soared since the US left a nuclear deal with Iran in 2018.

Then-President Donald Trump reimposed crippling economic sanctions to force Iran to renegotiate the accord. Iran refused and retaliated by rolling back a number of key commitments.

February 23, 2021
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