News ID: 273741
Published: 0706 GMT September 04, 2020

IAEA report on Iran envisions ‘positive prospects’: Envoy

IAEA report on Iran envisions ‘positive prospects’: Envoy
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Iran’s permanent representative to the Vienna-based international organizations, Kazem Gharibabadi, said on Friday the latest report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the Safeguards Agreement with Iran envisages “positive and constructive prospects” for bilateral cooperation.

Gharibabadi said the report is significant from two perspectives.

“In terms of its form, the report turns to developments and progress in relations and cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the agency and suggests constructive and content-wise interaction between the two sides in order to reach common understanding and work out a solution to the issues in question,” he said, according to IFP News.

“Content-wise, too, this report illustrates a clear picture of the current status of [mutual] cooperation and offers a positive and constructive outlook in Iran-IAEA ties, which is expected to be approved by an overwhelming number of members of the agency and its Board of Governors,” he added.

Gharibabadi touched upon IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi’s recent trip to Iran, and said, as agreed by both sides, the agency was allowed to have access to one of two sites which it had requested.

He added the agency is also to be granted access to the second site.

“Also in this report, the IAEA chief welcomed a recent agreement between Iran and the agency [reached during Grossi’s visit to Iran],” the envoy said.

“Iran showed a goodwill gesture by engaging with the agency’s new director general, and we expect the joint statement as well as the IAEA director general’s report will win the backing of the members of the Board of Governors, and other members of the agency, and be regarded as a move toward normalizing two or three issues in the Safeguards Agreement relating to Iran,” he said.

The IAEA said Friday that its inspectors visited one of two sites to which Iran had agreed last week to grant access.

“Iran provided agency inspectors access to the location to take environmental samples,” the IAEA report said.

“The samples will be analyzed by laboratories that are part of the agency’s network,” it added.

One diplomatic source told AFP the results of this analysis could take up to three months.

An inspection at the second site will take place “later in September 2020,” the report said.

In a separate report also issued on Friday, the IAEA said Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium now stands at more than ten times the limit set down in a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

The limit was set at 300 kilograms of low-enriched uranium in a particular compound form, which is the equivalent of 202.8 kg of uranium.

Measured against the latter figure, Iran’s stockpile now stands at over 2,105 kg, the report said.

Iran is enriching up to a fissile purity of 4.5%; while above the deal’s 3.67% limit, it is still far short of the 20% level it achieved before the deal.

The 2015 deal has been fraying ever since US President Donald Trump dramatically withdrew from it in May 2018 and reimposed sweeping sanctions on Iran.

Tehran has responded by progressively exceeding limits on its nuclear activities set down in the deal.

In recent months the Trump administration has tried to increase pressure on Iran, but Washington suffered a humiliating defeat in August when it failed in its bid to reimpose international sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

At a meeting in Vienna earlier this week the remaining parties to the 2015 deal – Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia – said they remained committed to the deal and wanted to find a way to ensure its “full implementation despite current challenges.”

 

 

   
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Resource: IRNA
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