News ID: 276677
Published: 0630 GMT November 12, 2020

New IAEA report verifies Iran’s continued cooperation: Envoy

New IAEA report verifies Iran’s continued cooperation: Envoy

Iran has said that the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) latest report proved Tehran’s continued cooperation with the UN’s nuclear watchdog and the suspension of commitments under a 2015 deal.

Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s permanent representative to Vienna-based international organizations, told reporters on Wednesday that the new report shows the IAEA’s continued verification of the country's nuclear program.

According to the report, he said, in addition to heavy water production and storage, Iran has exported more than 2.2 tons of its heavy water and also utilized 1.3 tons in line with its research and development activities.

He said the report states that Iran has continued its uranium enrichment activities in Natanz and Fordow sites, using new machines, and enriching uranium up to 4.5% purity, which is beyond the 3.67% limit set in the nuclear agreement, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

In addition, he added, the report mentions Iran's recent decision to relocate its R&D centrifuges underground in Natanz and states that the country has declared it will consider safeguard requirements.

According to Gharibabadi, "the IAEA report has announced the amount of Iran's uranium reserves is about 2,442.9 kg as of November 2, which is equal to about 3,600 kg of low-enriched uranium."

He also pointed to the report's reference to the results of the IAEA's inspection of one of the country’s sites in 2018, and said that despite the differences in Iran’s technical views with the IAEA, interactions in that area are still ongoing between the two sides with the aim of resolving the issue.

The IAEA had previously made claims about what it called undeclared nuclear activities in places in Iran.

Following the US unilateral and illegal withdrawal from the JCPOA, Iran sought to maintain the nuclear deal, if the other parties to the agreement remained committed.

But after nearly two years and the inability of European parties to meet their commitments, Iran began steps to reduce its commitments over 60-day periods in order to maintain economic benefits.

On September 26, 2020, at the end of the visit of Rafael Grossi Director-General of the Agency to Tehran and negotiations with Iranian officials, the two sides agreed to further strengthen their cooperation and build mutual trust in order to facilitate the full implementation of the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and the Additional Protocol, which has been provisionally implemented by Iran since January 16, 2016.

Iran signed the JCPOA with six world states — namely the US, Germany, France, Britain, Russia and China — in 2015.

However, Washington’s unilateral withdrawal in May 2018 and subsequent re-imposition of sanctions against Tehran left the future of the historic agreement in limbo.


Press TV and contributed to this story.

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