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AEOI spokesman: IAEA cameras to be installed in Karaj site after accurate technical review

Tehran, IRNA – Senior Iranian nuclear official said that cameras of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be installed once again in TESA site in Karaj, west of Tehran, after accurate judicial, security, and technical review.

Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), made the remarks in response to contradictory news about the conditions set for installation of the IAEA cameras.

To clarify the issue, Kamalvandi said the installation will be made as AEOI and IAEA officials have exchanged views on removing concerns over the possibility of using the cameras by saboteurs.  

The official went on to say that the cameras could not be opened without IAEA's agreement.

So, the two sides agreed to give one camera to Iran for accurate technical review, he said, adding that the IAEA technical experts will answer technical questions being asked by Iranian security officials about the cameras.

The cameras will be finally installed again after accurate and necessary review, Kamalvandi stressed.

Kamalvandi went on to say that the cameras take photos that will be stored on their memory cards; then, the cards will be ejected and given jointly to Iran and IAEA when they are sealed.

So, the IAEA cannot have any access to the information, he underlined.

And this will happen under Iran's Majlis (Parliament) strategic measure which stresses the lifting of the sanctions and the preservation of interests of the nation.

On February 23, Iran stopped the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol, in compliance with Majlis Law. However, some necessary inspections were underway within the framework of Safeguards Agreements for the next three months after the date.

Based on the Majlis approval, IAEA cannot have supervision beyond the Safeguards Agreements, Kamalvandi noted.

About the time of giving information recorded by cameras to the IAEA, Kamalvandi said they will be delivered to the Agency only after achieving the mentioned goal.

On Wednesday, Iran voluntarily agreed to allow the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to replace the damaged cameras at Karaj's TESA site with the new ones in the wake of a recent agreement with the IAEA.

Iran's voluntary measure is meant to help resolve misunderstandings with the IAEA.

Acting on its own initiative, the country had begun allowing the IAEA's experts to change the damaged devices since the country had completed the "main part" of the necessary investigations, IRNA cited Iran's Nournews agency as reporting on Wednesday.

Iran, however, had refused in September to allow the IAEA to gain access to a number of cameras that had been damaged during a terrorist operation targeting the TESA Karaj Complex, a centrifuge component manufacturing workshop in north-central Iran.

The Islamic Republic of Iran's refusal was based on the fact that the country needed to complete some legal-security investigations into the incident.

The Iranian initiative was also motivated by the IAEA's condemnation of such sabotage operations, the Nour news agency which is affiliated to the country's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) further said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said that the Islamic Republic of Iran and the IAEA had come to a "good agreement that can eliminate some alleged concerns about Iran's peaceful nuclear energy program and open the door for further cooperation with the agency".

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