Despite stern caveats by Iran and Russia, the European members of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) intensely criticized Iran for curbing operations by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The IAEA, which is comprised of a 35-nation Board of Governors, is conducting a quarterly gathering this week in contradiction of the backdrop of vacillating efforts to revive Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers, during US President Joe Biden’s administration.
Tehran has breached the 2015 nuclear deal with the acceleration of nuclear activities. The latest fissure was to scale back cooperation with the IAEA, concluding extra scrutiny and monitoring measures introduced by the deal, including the power given to the IAEA to carry out snap inspections at uranium facilities not declared by Iran. Germany, France, and Britain have moved a resolution for the Vienna meeting with “serious concern” at Iran’s reduced cooperation while also urging Iran to take a step back. Yet, the supporting partners for the resolution are not clear at the moment.