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IAEA says Iran continues to meet nuclear obligations
Nuclear watchdog agency says is has had full access to relevant sites in Iran, which is complying with 2015 JCPOA deal despite US withdrawal; Diplomat: 'no increase in uranium enrichment.'

Iran continues to comply with the nuclear deal reached in 2015 with major powers even after the withdrawal of the United States, the United Nations' atomic watchdog said Thursday in a confidential report.

 

 

In the quarterly report distributed to member states and seen by The Associated Press, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has stayed with key limitations set in the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

 

Javad Zarif, EU FM Federica Mogherini  (Photo: MCT)
Javad Zarif, EU FM Federica Mogherini (Photo: MCT)

 

The conclusion comes as the other signatories to the landmark 2015 deal—Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China—continue to try and salvage it after US President Donald Trump decided to pull the US out unilaterally in May.

 

The deal exchanges economic incentives for nuclear guarantees. Since the American withdrawal and re-imposition of sanctions, Iran's economy has already started to struggle and its currency has plummeted in value.

 

Iran nuclear talks in Vienna (Photo: MCT)
Iran nuclear talks in Vienna (Photo: MCT)

 

The other five nations have affirmed their commitment to the deal, which limits Iran's enrichment and stockpiling of material that could be applied to a nuclear weapons program. In exchange, Tehran was granted widespread relief from international trade, oil and banking sanctions.

 

The nations have said it will take time, however, to negotiate the details of the guarantees that Iran is looking for.

 

In the report, the Vienna-based IAEA said it had been given access to all sites in Iran that it needed to visit and that inspectors confirmed Iran has kept within limits of heavy water and low-enriched uranium stockpiles.

 

"Timely and proactive cooperation by Iran in providing such access facilitates implementation of the additional protocol and enhances confidence," the report stated, referring to the protocol detailing safeguards and tools for verification.

 

Regarding Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium, a diplomat, who was speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the report, said there had been no increase.

 

"The production rate is constant," the diplomat said. "There is no change whatsoever."

 

 


פרסום ראשון: 08.30.18, 21:06
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