IAEA Report Claims Iran Is Increasing Nuclear Stockpile By Working Against 2015 Nuclear Deal
The UN’s nuclear watchdog said it believes Iran has further increased its stockpile of highly enriched uranium in violation of a 2015 agreement with world powers. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) presented its confidential quarterly report on Wednesday. It tells member states that Iran has estimated reserves of 17.7 kilograms (39 pounds) of uranium that is enriched to up to 60 percent fissile purity.
It has increased by about eight kilograms since August, the report said. Such highly enriched uranium can be easily refined to make nuclear weapons. That is why world powers have sought to control Tehran’s nuclear program. The Vienna-based agency told members it has not been able to verify Iran’s exact stockpile of enriched uranium due to sanctions imposed by Tehran on UN inspectors earlier this year.
IAEA unable to monitor
The IAEA has been unable to access Iranian nuclear sites or online enrichment surveillance footage since February. A few days ago, the European Union announced that talks between world powers and Iran to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal would resume in Vienna on November 29. The European Union had said that high-level officials from Iran, China, France, Russia, Germany and Britain would participate in the so-called Joint Comprehensive Planning Commission (JCPOA) meeting.
Trying to curb Iranian nuclear activities
“Participants will continue to discuss the possibility of the United States returning to the JCPOA and ways to ensure the full and effective implementation of the agreement by all parties,” it said in a statement. The goal of the JCPOA is to curb Iranian nuclear activities in exchange for the lifting of sanctions on Iran. During the tenure of former US President Donald Trump, the US withdrew from this agreement and re-imposed sanctions on Iran.
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