Iran is in compliance with nuclear deal: United Nations monitors

Iran rejects US demand for inspection of its military sites
Iran rejects US demand for inspection of military sites
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02 September, 2017

Such inspections would sallow investigation into whether Iran is conducting research activities or developing equipment, which is banned under the deal, that might be related to making a nuclear weapon.

IRAN has remained within key limits of its nuclear activities imposed in its 2015 deal with world powers, a United Nations atomic watchdog report said yesterday.

The UN's nuclear watchdog has reported that Iran is staying within the main limits set down in a 2015 multilateral agreement that Donald Trump has insisted Tehran is violating.

Iran now holds an 88.4 kg stock of low-enriched uranium, which is far below the 202.8-kg limit set in the nuclear agreement, and Iran's level of enrichment did not exceed a 3.67 percent cap, the International Atomic Energy Agency report showed.

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, met with the IAEA in Vienna last week in an attempt to pressure the agency to inspect Iranian military sites.

The IAEA found that Iran has honored the commitments it made in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), brokered by the Obama administration.

"We're not going to visit a military site like Parchin just to send a political signal", Reuters cited an unnamed IAEA official as saying, referring to a military complex located 30 kilometers from the capital, Tehran.

"It's up to the IAEA to determine what they need to inspect, and where and when, to acquire the information they need to monitor and verify compliance with Section T, and I believe they have already developed an approach for doing so", Mr Kimball said.

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In June, shortly after the IAEA's last report on Iran said its heavy water stock stood at 128.2 tonnes as of mid-May, Tehran said it would ship 20 tonnes overseas, officials told Reuters at the time.

The UN watchdog's report said Iran restarted production of heavy water on June 17 after a maintenance shutdown of the plant on April 27.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano presented the eighth report on Iran's compliance with JCPOA to board of governors late on Thursday.

"If they want to bring down the deal, they will", the official added, referencing the Trump administration.

The landmark 2015 agreement saw Iran officially agreeing to halt parts of its nuclear program and subject other sectors to increased United Nations monitoring in exchange for the removal of economic sanctions.

In mid-August, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that Iran could backtrack on its 2015 nuclear agreement "within hours" if Washington slaps new sanctions on Tehran.

Following months of negotiations, the long-awaited deal was signed between Tehran and major world powers - the US, France, Britain, Russia, and China, plus Germany. But the parties to the deal have so far agreed with this solution.


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