This is not the right timing as Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers is still on shaky ground. Iran turned off two surveillance devices used by United Nations inspectors to monitor Islamic Republic’s uranium enrichment. This has only added fuel to the nuclear fire.
Iran is being criticized for not providing “credible information” over nuclear material found at undeclared sites across the country. Experts have warned that Iran now has enough uranium enriched close to weapons-grade levels to pursue an atomic bomb if the Iranian government chooses to do so.
According to the state TV report, authorities deactivated the “beyond-safeguards cameras of the measuring Online Enrichment Monitor … and flowmeter.” Apparently that refers to the IAEA’s online monitors that watch the enrichment of uranium gas through piping at enrichment facilities.
What is Iran trying to hide?
Tehran said its civilian nuclear arm, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, monitored the shutdown of the cameras. It said 80% of the existing cameras are IAEA “safeguard” cameras and they will continue to operate as before. Safeguards refer to the IAEA’s inspections and monitoring of a country’s nuclear program.
an Iranian official warned IAEA officials that Tehran was now considering taking “other measures” as well.
“We hope that they come to their senses and respond to Iran’s cooperation with cooperation,” said Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. “It is not acceptable that they show inappropriate behavior while Iran continues to cooperate.”