Envoy: US officials’ rhetoric not affecting IAEA professional job

IRNA – Iran’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Reza Najafi said that the entity’s new report on Iran’s compliance with nuclear deal reveals that US officials’ rhetoric and media hype has not impacted its verification activities and reporting on the case.

He further noted that the agency is proceeding with its activities regarding JCPOA implementation on the basis of safeguards standards.

Iran and all member states expect the agency’s secretariat to keep up its professional job impartially.

The report confirmed that Iran is sticking to the nuclear deal and goes ahead with its nuclear program within framework of JCPOA, he said.

Najafi further noted that the text of the agency’s new report resembles earlier ones and changes in it include technical developments such as producing heavy water and shipment of amounts abroad, increasing stockpile by 3.67 percent, replacing centrifuges and similar cases.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano presented the eighth report on Iran’s compliance with JCPOA to board of governors late on Thursday.

The report once again confirmed Iran’s full compliance with JCPOA in all its nuclear activities, including enrichment with first generation centrifuges in Natanz site, producing heavy water, modernization of Arak heavy water reactor, Tehran research reactor and production of stable isotope in Fordo.

‘Iran has conducted its enrichment activities in line with its long-term enrichment and R&D enrichment plan” agreed with world powers, according to the six-page restricted document published in Vienna.

IAEA inspectors use site visits, remote monitoring, containment seals and satellite imagery to verify that Iran stays within nuclear production and capacity limits agreed with diplomats from China, the European Union, Russia and the US. They’ve produced eight reports since January 2016 showing that Iran is in broad compliance with the accord, called the JCPOA.