Spokesman for the US State Department Ned Price said that Washington and its allies called on Iran to back down and desist from any steps that might affect its commitments to the IAEA.
Price added in a press briefing that Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken will discuss the Iran file on Thursday in a meeting with his British, French and German counterparts, and that the diplomatic path is still on the table with Iran.
The comments came as Tehran said it would start banning short-term inspection notifications issued by the agency.
The Iranian delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharib Abadi, announced that his country had informed the International Atomic Energy Agency of its intention to end the surprise inspections next week.
He wrote on Twitter: “A law passed by the Iranian parliament last year requires the government to end these inspections on February 23, which are stipulated in the 2015 agreement, which regulates Iran’s nuclear activities.”
He added, “The law will be implemented in a timely manner, and I informed the agency today to ensure a smooth transition.”
He indicated that these measures will include:
– Suspension of the provisions of the Additional Protocol,
– Suspension of Article 2.1. Among the secondary procedures of the Safeguards Agreement (early notification of the IAEA of the nuclear facilities),
– To stop the IAEA inspectors’ use of advanced technologies and their presence for a long period of time in Iran,
– Stopping the transparency procedures in relation to the yellow cake, – Stopping the transparency procedures regarding uranium enrichment,
– Suspension of transparency measures regarding the centrifuge parts industry,
– Stopping the entry of inspectors into nuclear facilities under the nuclear agreement,
– Stopping the verification and supervision of voluntary actions.
For its part, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced that Tehran had notified it to suspend its voluntary measures under the nuclear agreement, including the additional protocol, as of February 23.