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Iran stops snap nuclear inspections, the state news media cautioned

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DUBAI, 23 February, 2021 (TON): On Tuesday, an Iranian government newspaper warned that overly radical actions in the nuclear wrangling with the West may lead to the country’s isolation after Tehran ended snap inspections by United Nations inspectors.

Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Monday it had ended implementation of the so-called Additional Protocol at midnight (2030 GMT). The agreement allowed the IAEA to carry out short-notice inspections.

It said Iran criticized hard-line lawmakers who protested on Monday at Tehran’s decision to permit “necessary” monitoring by UN inspectors for up to three months, saying this broke a law passed by parliament in an apparent effort to pressure the United States to lift sanctions.
The law requires ending snap inspections by the UN nuclear watchdog from Tuesday if sanctions are not lifted.

Iranian leaders insist Washington must end its punitive campaign first to restore the deal, while Washington says Tehran must first return to full compliance.

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