'No reply' from Iran over expired nuclear inspections deal: IAEA
The UN nuclear watchdog said Friday it had received no reply from Tehran over the possible extension of a temporary agreement covering inspections at Iranian nuclear facilities which expired on Thursday.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a statement its director Rafael Grossi had written to Tehran about the matter on 17 June but that "Iran had not replied to his letter or indicated whether it intends to maintain the current arrangement".
Grossi said "an immediate response from Iran is needed in this regard".
A three-month agreement reached on February 21 allowing some inspections to continue was extended by another month in May.
Grossi has described the deal as a "stop-gap measure... as a way to avoid flying completely blind".
The accord has been unravelling ever since former US President Donald Trump withdrew from it in May 2018 and went on to re-impose sanctions against Iran.
Iranian state media on Wednesday quoted Mahmoud Vaezi, chief of staff to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, as saying that the country's Supreme National Security Council would take a decision on whether to extend the arrangement with the IAEA at its first meeting after the expiration date.