Iran will expel U.N. nuclear inspectors unless sanctions are lifted: lawmaker
- Iran will expel United Nations nuclear watchdog inspectors unless sanctions are lifted by a Feb. 21 deadline set by the hardline-dominated parliament, a lawmaker said on Saturday.
- Parliament passed a law that obliges the government to halt inspections of its nuclear sites by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
- It is also mentioned that if sanctions are not eased,the government are asked to step up uranium enrichment beyond the limit set under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear deal.
- Iran’s Guardian Council watchdog body approved the law on Dec. 2.
- Iran said on Monday it had resumed 20% uranium enrichment at an underground nuclear facility.
- Which breaches the nuclear pact with major powers and possibly complicating efforts by U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to rejoin the deal.
- It began violating the accord in 2019 in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from it in 2018 and the re imposition of U.S. sanctions lifted under the deal.
- Tehran often says it can quickly reverse its breaches if Washington’s sanctions are removed.
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