The latest report by the United Nations’ nuclear monitoring body indicates that Iran is showing the genuine interest to implement a landmark nuclear deal it signed with the P5+1 group, says a political analyst.
“So, it certainly shows that Iran is following through with its November agreement with the P5+1…the 20 percent enriched uranium is being diluted or turned into oxide, making it less dangerous or at least from the P5+1 point of view,” Nader Bagherzadeh, professor at the University of California, Irvine, told Press TV.
In its monthly report released on Thursday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Tehran has diluted half of its uranium earlier enriched to the 20-percent purity to a lower grade in order to power reactors.
The other half of the stockpile is to be converted into a form that would be relatively difficult to be reconverted to the 20 percent level.
The commentator added that the task should be completed by July this year as the next step because “it is showing the genuine interest by Iran to follow through” the nuclear deal.
“So this is a good sign from the IAEA showing that they are reporting as they are seeing what is going on, on the ground,” Bagherzadeh said.
Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China – plus Germany sealed an interim deal in Geneva on November 24, 2013 to pave the way for the full resolution of the decade-old dispute with Iran over the country’s nuclear energy program. The deal came into force on January 20.
Under the Geneva deal, dubbed the Joint Plan of Action, the six countries have undertaken to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for the Islamic Republic agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period.
By Press TV
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