The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN’s “watchdog,” said they haven’t been able to access data crucial to assessing Iran’s nuclear program since February.
The Associated Press obtained this information on Monday and said that the IAEA has “not had access to the data from its online enrichment monitors and electronic seals, or had access to the measurement recordings registered by its installed measurement devices” since February, 23.
They continued to assert both Iran and the IAEA understood the restrictions already in place, but the IAEA had no idea how extensive the restrictions actually were.
Director General of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, said, “We know that something happened here. There is no way round it. We have found this. There was material here. When was this? What has happened with this equipment? Where is the material. They have to answer.”
“hey know they have to provide explanations. We are asking them to come clean with all these things because it can only help them,” he contiued.
The sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump on Iran and leaving the Iran Nuclear Deal in 2018 are the reasons why they implemented more secretive measures on their enriched uranium techniques.
Pressure from both Iran and Democratic lawmakers are pushing President Joe Biden to rejoin the deal.
The Hill obtained a letters written by 53 Democrats to Biden, calling Trump’s sanctions were out of “bad faith.
“Lifting Trump’s bad-faith sanctions — which he explicitly imposed on Iran in order to make a return to the JCPOA next-to-impossible — should not be treated as a concession to Iran, but rather as an effort to restore U.S. credibility and enhance American security,” they wrote.