Iran’ six pow­ers make public re­stricted nuke deal doc­u­ments

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

In an un­usual move, Iran and six world pow­ers on Fri­day re­leased pre­vi­ously re­stricted doc­u­ments about their nu­clear deal to en­force their view that Tehran is not cir­cum­vent­ing lim­its on its limit of en­riched ura­nium, which could be used to make nu­clear weapons. Some of the doc­u­ments are dated Jan6, 2016, shortly be­fore the pact was im­ple­mented. But they were not made public un­til Fri­day, when they were posted on the public web­site of the In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency. The IAEA is mon­i­tor­ing the nu­clear deal, which Iran reached with Ger­many and the five per­ma­nent UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil mem­bers - the United States, Rus­sia, China, France and Bri­tain. The agree­ment stip­u­lates that Iran can pos­sess only low-en­riched ura­nium, which is not suit­able for weapons, and it is lim­ited to pos­sess­ing no more than 300 kilo­grams (660 pounds) at any time. That is far less than would be needed to make a nu­clear weapon even if it were fur­ther en­riched to weapons-grade lev­els used for the core of nu­clear war­heads.

When the nu­clear deal was agreed on, Iran had more than 100 kilo­grams of liq­uid or solid waste con­tain­ing low-en­riched ura­nium as part of its en­rich­ment ac­tiv­i­ties. Some of the ma­te­rial re­mains and the doc­u­ments posted Fri­day de­clare the lowen­riched ura­nium it con­tains as “un­re­cov­er­able” and thereby not part of the 300-kilo­gram limit.

A let­ter on be­half of the Euro­pean Union’s for­eign pol­icy chief, Fed­er­ica Mogherini, au­tho­riz­ing pub­li­ca­tion of the doc­u­ments was also posted on the IAEA web­site. It did not spec­ify why they were made public nearly a year af­ter they were agreed on by the na­tions ne­go­ti­at­ing the deal. But it comes at a time that the in­com­ing US ad­min­is­tra­tion has served no­tice it might seek to pull out of the agree­ment. Two of­fi­cials from one of the five per­ma­nent Se­cu­rity Coun­cil mem­ber na­tions at the ta­ble with Iran sug­gested it was meant to show unity on the is­sue among crit­i­cism from ex­perts that US law­mak­ers crit­i­cal of the deal have seized on as an ex­am­ple of al­low­ing Iran to un­der­cut the pact.

Pub­li­ca­tion of the doc­u­ment comes shortly af­ter the IAEA warned Iran to curb its pro­duc­tion of low-en­riched ura­nium or face the pos­si­bil­ity of ex­ceed­ing its al­lot­ted limit. The two of­fi­cials said, how­ever, that the two is­sues were not re­lated, and Iran for now re­mained within its obli­ga­tions. They agreed to dis­cuss the mat­ter only if they were not quoted by name be­cause they are not au­tho­rized to talk about the con­fi­den­tial is­sue. — AP

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