The United Nations atomic watchdog has admitted it has not had access to key data about Iran’s nuclear program for more than three months.
Tehran began restricting international inspections of its nuclear facilities in February as part of an effort to press the Biden administration into lifting sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump after the US pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal in 2018. Under the terms of the deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) placed around 2,000 tamper-proof seals on nuclear material and equipment. Those seals communicated information electronically to inspectors. Automated measuring devices also provided real-time data from the program.
However, the Associated Press, citing a confidential IAEA memo, reported Monday that the agency says it has not had access to data from the seals or measuring devices since Feb. 23.
The UN agency can only estimate data on Iran’s nuclear stockpile.AP Photo/Florian Schroetter, FILE
As a result, the IAEA revealed, it