Iran stops snap nuclear inspections

An Iranian government newspaper warned on Tuesday that overly radical actions in the nuclear wrangling with the West may lead to the country's isolation after Tehran ended snap inspections by United Nations inspectors. Emily Wither reports.

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EMILY WITHER: A state-run Iranian newspaper is urging caution in the nuclear dispute with the West, warning that radical actions could lead to the country's isolation. The message comes after Tehran ended snap inspections by the UN on its nuclear activities. At midnight on Monday, Iran ended the agreement that allowed the International Atomic Energy Agency to carry out short-notice inspections. But they will still allow necessary monitoring by UN inspectors for up to three months.

Hard-line Iranian lawmakers protested that decision, saying it broke the law. A law passed in Parliament states inspections should end from Tuesday, if sanctions on the country were not lifted. An apparent effort to pressure the US. The state-run daily is critical of the protests. The paper says Iran must tread carefully, as tough action might help build a consensus against Iran.

On Monday, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Iran might enrich uranium up to 60% purity, if the country needed it. While also repeating a denial of any Iranian intent to seek nuclear weapons. A US State Department spokesman said Khomeini's comments sounds like a threat. Washington says it is ready to talk to Iran about both nations returning to the 2015 nuclear deal, abandoned by former President Donald Trump.