Iran blocks watchdog access to nuclear site images

Iran’s parliament speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf announced on Sunday that the International Atomic Energy Agency would no longer have access to images of its nuclear sites from fixed cameras. In December, parliament passed a bill to suspend the watchdog’s access to those images if European signatories of the 2015 nuclear accord failed to provide the Islamic Republic with relief from oil and banking sanctions by a three-month deadline.  This step, coming after the enrichment of uranium far beyond the limits set by the nuclear deal, ratchets up Iran’s negotiating stance in the Vienna talks to renegotiate the deal.

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