The IAEA has no cameras operating at the Natanz nuclear site: AEOI

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), the government agency of the Islamic Republic of Iran responsible for operating nuclear energy and nuclear fuel cycle installations in the country, has released a statement, saying that the IAEA has no cameras operating at the Natanz nuclear site in Natanz County, Isfahan Province, Iran.

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AEOI said that Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, mistakenly announced in an interview Iran’s voluntary agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nations agency responsible for promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy, to operate and reinstall cameras in the Natanz facility. 

The AEOI dismissed media reports on Iran’s voluntary agreement to re-install 10 IAEA cameras in the Natanz facility. The organization said that Iran agreed to operate 10 cameras in the Isfahan facility and not the Natanz facility.

The AEOI said that various news agencies mentioned the re-installation of cameras in the “Natanz” facility in place of the “Isfahan” facility. The AEOI also acknowledged that the AEOI spokesman had made that mistake.

The AEOI said that no surveillance cameras were operating in the Shahid Ahmadi Roshan Enrichment Center in Natanz. 

Last month, Iranian media reported that the IAEA had settled nuclear concerns with the Islamic Republic related to one of three locations under investigation for the existence of uranium enrichment.

Earlier, Rafael Grossi, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, expressed concern over the recent unilateral changes at the Fordow nuclear plant in the Islamic Republic. The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog urged authorities to monitor Iran’s nuclear program and the Fordow nuclear facility. 

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The IAEA also expressed concern over manmade uranium particles found at three undeclared sites in the Islamic Republic of Iran. Subsequently, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany also expressed concern.



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