Iran Will Keep IAEA Cameras Turned off until Nuclear Deal is Restored

The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Vienna, Austria May 23, 2021. (Reuters)
The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Vienna, Austria May 23, 2021. (Reuters)
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Iran Will Keep IAEA Cameras Turned off until Nuclear Deal is Restored

The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Vienna, Austria May 23, 2021. (Reuters)
The Iranian flag waves in front of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Vienna, Austria May 23, 2021. (Reuters)

Iran will keep the UN nuclear watchdog's cameras turned off until a 2015 nuclear deal is restored, the head of the country's Atomic Energy Organization said on Monday, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

Iran informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) it had removed IAEA equipment, including 27 cameras installed under the 2015 pact, after the agency passed a resolution criticizing Tehran in June, said Reuters.

"We will not turn on the IAEA cameras until the other side returns to the nuclear deal," Mohammad Eslami said.

Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani accused IAEA Chief Rafael Grossi of having "unprofessional, unfair and unconstructive views" on Tehran's nuclear program.

He also added that Tehran hopes a return to the nuclear deal can be reached soon should the United States show goodwill.

The 2015 nuclear pact imposed curbs on Iran's nuclear activities in return for the lifting of international sanctions.

Then-President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the deal in 2018, reimposing tough economic sanctions on Tehran.

Iran's ruling clerics responded by breaching the pact's nuclear restrictions.



Israeli Military Believes Iran-made Drone that Hit Tel Aviv was Launched from Yemen

Israeli police investigate the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Israeli police investigate the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
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Israeli Military Believes Iran-made Drone that Hit Tel Aviv was Launched from Yemen

Israeli police investigate the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)
Israeli police investigate the scene of an explosive drone attack in Tel Aviv, Israel, Friday, July 19, 2024. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

The Israeli military believes that an Iranian-made drone which hit Tel Aviv in the early hours of Friday was launched from Yemen, chief spokesman Daniel Hagari said.

The military assessed that the drone was an upgraded Iranian-made Samad-3 model, Hagari said.
"Our estimation is that it arrived from Yemen to Tel Aviv," he told a briefing with journalists.

Yemen's Houthi militias claimed responsibility for the drone strike that hit part of central Tel Aviv, killing one person and injuring 10.
The aerial strike rumbled through the streets causing shards of shrapnel to rain down and spreading shards of glass over a large radius.

The Houthis have launched drones and missiles toward Israel throughout the Israel-Hamas war, in solidarity with the Palestinian people and against Israel. But until Friday, all were intercepted by either Israel or Western allies with forces stationed in the region.

Yahya Saree, the Houthis' spokesperson, said in a statement published on the social media platform X that the strike was made in retaliation for the war and had hit one of many of the group's targets.