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Iran Says It Will End Snap IAEA Inspections If Nuclear Deal Terms Not Met

DUBAI—Iran said on Feb. 15 that it will block snap inspections by the U.N. nuclear watchdog from next week if other parties to the 2015 nuclear deal don’t uphold their obligations, a challenge to U.S. President Joe Biden’s hope of reviving the accord. “If others do not fulfill their obligations by Feb. 21, the government is obliged to suspend the voluntary implementation of the Additional Protocol,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said. “It does not mean ending all inspections by the U.N. nuclear watchdog. … All these steps are reversible if the other party changes its path and honors its obligations,” he said, alluding to the United States. Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency wrote on Twitter on Feb. 15 that Tehran has informed the U.N. watchdog about its plan next week to end sweeping inspection powers given to the agency under the nuclear pact. Under legislation enacted …

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