Iran threatens to end deal with IAEA over U.S.-led push to criticise it

By Francois Murphy
VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran is threatening to end an agreement with the United States' nuclear watchdog that temporarily allows full surveillance of its activities last weekend if the agency's board approves a US-led push to criticize Tehran next week , as an Iranian position paper shows.
Tehran this week scaled back its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency and ended additional inspection measures introduced by the 2015 nuclear deal with major powers. It was the last of many moves to retaliate against U.S. sanctions after the United States withdrew from that agreement in 2018.
The government of Iran and U.S. President Joe Biden are now in a stalemate over who should act first to save the unraveled 2015 deal. Tehran says Washington should lift sanctions first. Biden wants Iran to first undo its numerous retaliatory measures against the agreement's nuclear restrictions.
In its own paper, mailed to other IAEA member states ahead of the next week's quarterly meeting of the UN Watchdog Board of Governors of 35 nations, the United States said it wanted a resolution to "address the board's growing concerns about the To express cooperation between Iran and the IAEA ".
The U.S. paper received by Reuters said the board should urge Iran to reverse its violations and work with the IAEA to explain how uranium particles were found in old, undeclared locations - finds first reported by Reuters and were confirmed in an IAEA report this week.
"Iran sees this move as destructive and regards it as an end to the joint agreement of February 21, 2021 between the agency and the Islamic Republic of Iran," Iran said in its own paper, sent to other countries and received by Reuters with reference to his weekend contract with IAEA chief Rafael Grossi.
This, in turn, could "lead to further complications related to the JCPOA," she said, referring to the 2015 agreement by its full name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, adding that France, the UK, Germany and the United States do so would have done "revealed their plans" for a board resolution.
Diplomats said it was still unclear whether the board would take a decision. In June, after the IAEA said Iran had denied it access to rapid inspections at two sites that later found uranium particles, the chamber passed a resolution urging Iran to give in. Russia and China were against it.
Iran has not listed the measures it has stopped implementing this week, but it does contain what is known as the additional protocol that allows the IAEA to conduct rapid inspections in undeclared locations.
The weekend contract maintains the recording of additional data as set out in the 2015 contract for up to three months, which the IAEA may have access to at the end.
(Reporting by Francois Murphy; editing by Mark Heinrich)
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