Tehran ‘is complying with deal’
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.