Since January, Iran has begun enriching uranium at up to 20 percent purity, a technical step away from weapons-grade levels.
Tehran’s move is the latest of many taken to raise pressure on US President Joe Biden as the two sides remain locked in a stand-off over who should move first to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by the Trump administration.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has criticised Europe's "inactivity on JCPOA commitments" and added that Iran is committed to "preserving the JCPOA and is the only party that has paid a price for it."
Parties to the 2015 nuclear deal were lobbying for IAEA’s Board of Governors to adopt a resolution expressing concern at Iran’s latest breaches of the deal during its quarterly meeting this week.
US says it's disappointed by Tehran’s rejection to join a meeting but remained ready to "re-engage in meaningful diplomacy" and would consult with the other major powers.
Iran and US are locked in a stand-off over who should move first to save the unravelling 2015 deal. Tehran says US should lift sanctions but the Biden administration wants Iran to undo its breaches of the deal’s nuclear restrictions first.
Iranian state TV reports Tehran has started to limit International Atomic Energy Agency’s inspections as Foreign Minister Javad Zarif says the country won’t share surveillance footage of its nuclear facilities with the UN agency.
IAEA chief says the UN nuclear watchdog has struck a deal with Iran to continue "necessary" verification and monitoring activities in Iran, but there will be less access and no more snap inspections.
The State Department has said the US would accept an invitation from the European Union to attend a meeting of the participants in the original agreement.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken told European allies that the US is prepared to talk to Iran about both countries returning to compliance with a 2015 deal that aims to stop Tehran from developing a nuclear weapon.
As future of 2015 deal limiting Tehran’s nuclear programme hangs in the balance following US elections, Qatar’s foreign minister meets his Iranian counterpart in an attempt to bring Tehran and pact cosignatories closer to a solution.
Iranian parliament passed a law in November that obliges the government to halt inspections of its nuclear sites by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
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