VI­ENNA UN says Iran in com­pli­ance with nu­clear com­mit­ments

The Myanmar Times - - World -

THE United Na­tions agency mon­i­tor­ing Iran’s com­pli­ance with a land­mark nu­clear treaty is­sued a re­port Mon­day cer­ti­fy­ing that the coun­try is keep­ing its end of the deal that US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump claims Tehran has vi­o­lated re­peat­edly.

The In­ter­na­tional Atomic En­ergy Agency re­port stopped short of declar­ing that Iran is hon­our­ing its obli­ga­tions, in keep­ing with its of­fi­cial role as an impartial mon­i­tor of the re­stric­tions the treaty placed on Tehran’s nu­clear pro­grams.

But in re­port­ing no vi­o­la­tions, the quar­terly re­view’s take­away was that Iran was hon­our­ing its com­mit­ments to crimp ura­nium en­rich­ment and other ac­tiv­i­ties that can serve both civil­ian and mil­i­tary nu­clear pro­grams.

The re­port cited IAEA chief Yukiya Amano as stress­ing “the im­por­tance of the full im­ple­men­ta­tion by Iran of its nu­clear-re­lated com­mit­ments” un­der the deal. Diplo­mats fa­mil­iar with the work that went into the eval­u­a­tion said Amano’s state­ment re­ferred to a past vi­o­la­tion on heavy wa­ter lim­its that Iran has since cor­rected.

Heavy wa­ter cools re­ac­tors that can pro­duce plu­to­nium used to make the core of nu­clear war­heads. The IAEA last year said that Tehran had slightly ex­ceeded the limit, but later said it had re­turned to com­pli­ance. Mon­day’s re­port showed its heavy wa­ter sup­ply re­mains un­der the max­i­mum 130 met­ric tons al­lowed un­der the deal.

Last month, US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump re­fused to cer­tify as re­quired by US law that Iran was in com­pli­ance with the agree­ment.

Trump gave Congress 60 days to re­view whether the US should re-im­pose sanc­tions on Iran or other­wise amend the con­di­tions for par­tic­i­pat­ing in the treaty. Wash­ing­ton stands alone among the six world pow­ers that signed the deal in op­pos­ing it.

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