IAEA chief confirms Iran complying with nuclear deal

Monday 09 October 2017 2 weeks ago 21   Rome   Print

The UN atomic agency chief talking to conference in Rome.

Report  Web Desk : ROME: The UN atomic agency chief on Monday affirmed Iran s commitment to a 2015 nuclear deal, in a statement that came as US President Donald Trump said Tehran was not living up to the "spirit" of the agreement. "I can state that the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the (nuclear agreement) are being implemented," International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said in prepared remarks during a conference in Rome. An IAEA report released last month had also affirmed Iran s compliance with the programme, which froze some of Tehran s nuclear activities. Iran s stock of low-enriched uranium - used for peaceful purposes, but when further processed for a weapon - did not exceed the agreed limit of 300 kilos (661 pounds), the report said. It added that Iran "has not pursued the construction of the Arak... reactor" - which could give it weapons-grade plutonium - and has not enriched uranium above low purity levels. The landmark deal was signed in July 2015 by Iran and five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States) plus Germany establishing controls to prevent Tehran from developing an atomic bomb. The EU s diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said Iran s compliance with the accord had been verified on at least eight separate occasions. It is time to "invest in international cooperation" and "open new channels and not destroy the ones we already have," she said by video conference. It is "certainly not the time to dismantle them". (01)