Nuclear watchdog chides Iran for ‘seriously undermining’ monitoring

An IAEA report said that Iran had boosted its stocks of uranium enriched above the percentage allowed in the 2015 nuclear deal

The IAEA released a strongly-worded report Tuesday saying monitoring tasks in Iran have been “seriously undermined” after Tehran suspended some of the UN agency’s inspections of its nuclear activities.

The latest report comes with diplomatic efforts to revive the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers at a standstill.

Initially Iran reached a temporary agreement with the IAEA under which it committed to preserve recordings from this equipment with a view to eventually handing them over to the IAEA.

“Since 23 February 2021 the Agency’s verification and monitoring activities have been seriously undermined as a result of Iran’s decision to stop the implementation of its nuclear-related commitments” under the 2015 deal, the report added.

The report says that at a centrifuge component workshop at the city of Karaj, one of its cameras was destroyed and another “severely damaged”.

– ‘Not ready to talk’ –

However, no such visit has taken place, with one diplomatic source saying Iran was seemingly “not ready to talk” to the IAEA. 

The report added that Iran had boosted its stocks of uranium enriched above the percentage allowed in the 2015 deal.

In addition it was only meant to have a stockpile of 202.8 kilos in total — equivalent to 300 kilos in a particular compound form.

While it is a smaller overall number than at the IAEA’s previous report on Iran in May, this is because some of the lower-level enriched uranium has now been enriched to a higher level.

– ‘Increasing concern’ –

Iran warned last week that they might not resume for two to three months while Raisi’s new government establishes itself.

In retaliation for Trump’s withdrawal three years ago and his subsequent imposition of swingeing sanctions, Iran in effect abandoned most of its commitments under the deal.

Tehran is demanding all sanctions imposed or reimposed on it by the US since 2017 be lifted.

“The Director General is increasingly concerned that even after some two years the safeguards issues… remain unresolved,” it said.

Originally published as Nuclear watchdog chides Iran for ‘seriously undermining’ monitoring

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