A spokesman for the US State Department, Ned Price, said that Washington and its allies called on Iran to back down and desist from any steps that might affect its commitments to the IAEA.
Price added in press statements that Foreign Minister Anthony Blinken would discuss the Iran file today, Thursday, in a meeting with his British, French, and German counterparts. The diplomatic path is still on the table with Iran.
The comments came as Tehran said it would start banning short-term inspection notices issued by the agency.
The Iranian delegate to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Kazem Gharib Abadi, announced that his country had informed the International Atomic Energy Agency of its intention to end the surprise inspections next week.
He wrote on Twitter: “A law passed by the Iranian parliament last year requires the government to end these inspections on February 23, which are stipulated in the 2015 agreement, which regulates Iran’s nuclear activities.”