IAEA’s nuclear monitoring mission in Iran is ‘seriously degraded’

The IAEA's nuclear monitoring mission in Iran has been severely reduced - Photo 1.

The IAEA says Iran is building up its stock of enriched uranium above the level allowed under the 2015 nuclear deal.

“As of February 23, 2021, the IAEA’s verification and monitoring activities have been severely impaired when Iran decided to suspend the implementation of its nuclear-related commitments,” the report said. stated by the IAEA.

According to AFP news agency, the IAEA’s latest report comes at a time when diplomatic efforts to revive the nuclear agreement (signed in 2015) between Iran and world powers have reached an impasse.

In February, Iran suspended some IAEA inspections in response to the United States’ refusal to lift sanctions on Tehran. At the same time, Iran also restricted the IAEA from accessing surveillance equipment such as cameras.

According to the latest report, one of the cameras at a centrifuge parts factory was damaged and another was “severely damaged”.

IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said he was willing to go to Iran to meet President Ebrahim Raisi, but no visit has happened. A diplomatic source said Iran appeared “not ready for dialogue” with the IAEA.

The IAEA said its confidence “has now deteriorated further” and Iran must correct the situation immediately.

The report also said that Iran is building up its stockpile of enriched uranium above the level allowed under the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Under the JCPOA, Iran is not allowed to enrich uranium beyond 3.67%, far below the 90% threshold needed for nuclear weapons use.

However, according to the IAEA, Iran now has 84.3kg of uranium enriched to 20% (up from 62.8kg reported by the IAEA in May), as well as 10kg of uranium enriched to 60%. up from 2.4kg).

The United States said Robert Malley, its special envoy for Iran, and “a small negotiating delegation” would travel to Moscow and Paris this week to “discuss with his Russian counterpart and European counterpart on the nuclear program of Iran.

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TTO – President-elect of Iran Ebrahim Raisi will be sworn in on August 3, in the context that Iran is engulfed in an economic crisis because of US and Western sanctions and the consequences of the COVID-19 epidemic.

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