Iran set to restrict IAEA access to nuclear sites : Regulation & Safety

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas gives a press statement in Berlin

The Trump administration's decision to invoke a provision in the 2015 council resolution allowing the "snapback" of sanctions because Iran was in "significant non-performance" with its obligations under the accord was ignored by the rest of the Security Council and the world.

A joint statement released by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said the European countries, known as the E3, welcomed Washington's intention to return to diplomacy with Tehran.

Teheran has set a deadline of next week for Biden to begin reversing sanctions imposed by Trump, or says it will take its biggest step yet to breach the deal - banning short-notice inspections by the United Nations nuclear watchdog permitted under an Additional Protocol.

The United States and Iran have had no diplomatic relations for four decades but they did have contacts concerning the 2015 nuclear deal.

However, the Iranian presidency said Rouhani in the call "criticised Europe's performance" on its JCPOA commitments after the United States withdrawal.

The deal has been hanging by a thread since former President Trump pulled the USA out of it in 2018, prompting Iran to resume production of materials used to make nuclear weapons.

The 2015 accord is aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

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The diplomats noted "the risky nature of a decision to limit IAEA access, and urge Iran to consider the consequences of such grave action, particularly at this time of renewed diplomatic opportunity".

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Rafael Grossi is to travel to Tehran on Saturday for talks with the Iranian authorities to find a solution for continuing inspections in the country, the agency said. Then in August previous year former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had triggered a 30-day process at the Security Council that led to the return of United Nations sanctions on Iran and stopped a conventional arms embargo on Tehran from expiring on October 18.

USA officials have said that while they are open to discussing the JCPOA with foreign partners, they are aware that Iran is in breach of the deal.

"These activities have no credible civil justification", it said, "Uranium metal production is a key step in the development of a nuclear weapon".

But Tehran rejected this precondition, pressing on with increasing nuclear work in retaliation for Trump's so-called "maximum pressure" sanctions policy to weaken the Iranian regime which has had no relations with Washington for four decades. Last month, Tehran announced that it had begun enriching uranium to a purity level of 20%, which is five times the limit set by the JCPoA. "Remove the cause if you fear the effect", he continued.

He tweeted: "Instead of sophistry and putting onus on Iran, E3/EU must abide by own commitments and demand an end to Trump's legacy of economic terrorism against Iran". Remember the Trump administration pulled out of the nuclear deal in 2018. Besides overcoming disagreements over the sequencing of an agreement, the United States also intends to lengthen and strengthen the deal to restrain Iran's ballistic missile program and curb its support for proxy militias across the Middle East. Iran opposed such terms during its negotiations with the Obama administration.

In Iran, President Hassan Rouhani expressed hope Thursday that the Biden administration will rejoin the accord and lift the US sanctions that Washington re-imposed under Trump, according to state television.

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