Iran barred UN monitors from conducting emergency inspections of nuclear facilities

February 22, Kathmandu - Iran will not allow UN nuclear monitors to conduct emergency inspections.

The head of the nuclear monitoring body said Iran had agreed to allow UN monitors to monitor its nuclear facilities for another three months, but would not be allowed to conduct emergency inspections.

The agreement would give International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspectors little access to monitoring.

Iran has been changing its policy on access to observers since Tuesday.

Iran has resumed its nuclear program after then-President Donald Trump imposed additional sanctions on the country after the United States backed out of a nuclear deal in 2015.

The agreement with the IAEA has given Iran and the United States time to sign a new agreement.

Following the Trump administration's re-imposition of sanctions on Iran, Iran resumed its nuclear program in 2015 under a six-nation deal.

Iran has said it will not suspend its program until the United States is ready to fully comply with the agreement. US President Joe Biden has called on Iran to suspend its nuclear program.

Iran has said its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes.