Tehran ‘is com­ply­ing with deal’

The Phnom Penh Post - - WORLD -

IRAN re­mains in com­pli­ance with the land­mark 2015 nu­clear deal, a UN watch­dog re­port showed on Mon­day, four weeks af­ter US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­fused to cer­tify the agree­ment.

The quar­terly In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency up­date con­firmed that key pa­ram­e­ters of Iran’s nu­clear pro­gramme re­mained within the lim­its of the ac­cord with ma­jor pow­ers.

The re­stricted re­port, seen by AFP, said Iran “has not en­riched” ura­nium above low lev­els and that its stock­pile of en­riched ura­nium was un­der the agreed limit of 300 kilo­grams.

Ura­nium when “en­riched” to high pu­ri­ties can be used in a nu­clear weapon. At low pu­ri­ties it can be used for peace­ful ap­pli­ca­tions such as power gen­er­a­tion, Iran’s stated aim.

The new IAEA re­port said that the num­ber of en­rich­ment cen­trifuges in­stalled at Iran’s Natanz site re­mained be­low the up­per limit of 5,060 dur­ing the re­port­ing pe­riod.

The vol­ume of heavy wa­ter – a re­ac­tor coolant – re­mained be­low the agreed max­i­mum of 130 tonnes through­out the past three months and on Novem­ber 6 was 114.4 tonnes.

The IAEA as­sess­ment showed that Tehran has com­plied with the deal since its en­try into force in Jan­uary 2016.

Trump’s de­ci­sion not to cer­tify the deal gave the Repub­li­can­con­trolled Congress 60 days – which run out in mid-De­cem­ber – to de­cide whether to reim­pose sanc­tions on the Is­lamic repub­lic.

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