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Nuclear site images won’t be shared with IAEA: Iran

 

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Nuclear site images won’t be shared with IAEA: Iran


Context: 

Iran’s Parliament has said that it will never hand over images from inside of some Iranian nuclear sites to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as a monitoring agreement with the agency has expired. 

 

Background: 

IAEA and Tehran struck the three-month monitoring agreement in February to cushion the blow of Iran reducing its cooperation with the agency. The agreement was extended by a month on May 24. 

 

Implications/concerns: 

  • The announcement could further complicate talks between Iran and six major powers on reviving a 2015 nuclear deal

Three years ago, former U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the pact and reimposed crippling sanctions on Tehran; Iran reacted by violating restrictions.

 

About IAEA: 

  • Set up as the world’s “Atoms for Peace” organization in 1957 within the United Nations family. 
  • Reports to both the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council. 
  • Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. 

 

Functions: 

  • Works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies. 
  • Seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and to inhibit its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons. 

 

Programs: 

  1. Program of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT). 
  2. Human Health Program. 
  3. Water Availability Enhancement Project. 
  4. International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles, 2000. 

 

2015 Nuclear Deal: 

  1. In 2015, Iran with the P5+1 group of world powers – the USA, UK, France, China, Russia, and Germany agreed on a long-term deal on its nuclear programme. 
  2. The deal was named as Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and in common parlance as Iran Nuclear Deal. 
  3. Under the deal, Iran agreed to curb its nuclear activity in return for the lifting of sanctions and access to global trade. 
  4. The agreement allowed Iran to accumulate small amounts of uranium for research but it banned the enrichment of uranium, which is used to make reactor fuel and nuclear weapons. 
  5. Iran was also required to redesign a heavy-water reactor being built, whose spent fuel could contain plutonium suitable for a bomb and to allow international inspections. 

 

InstaCurious: 

1.Did you know that the global Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and other treaties against the spread of nuclear weapons entrust the IAEA as the nuclear inspectorate? Read more about IAEA Safeguards here

2. Do you remember the 123 Agreement and Hyde Act? Read Here (Briefly)

 

InstaLinks: 

Prelims Link: 

  1. What is IAEA? Relation with the UN. 
  2. Members of IAEA. 
  3. Programs of IAEA. 
  4. Board of Governors- composition, voting and functions. 
  5. What is Uranium Enrichment? 

 

Mains Link: 

Discuss the need for bringing back the Iran nuclear deal. 

 

Sources: the Hindu