IAEA to continue monitoring activities in Iran

Tasnim – The International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) inspectors will continue to carry out monitoring activities in Iran, the UN nuclear watchdog said on Monday.

“IAEA inspectors continue to carry out verification and monitoring activities in the country,” the UN nuclear watchdog said in a statement.

“The IAEA will keep its member states informed of any developments in this regard in a timely manner as appropriate,” it added.

The IAEA will inform its member states as appropriate on any developments in Iran after the Iranian government announced in the statement on Sunday that the country will observe no operational limitations on its nuclear industry, including with regard to the capacity and level of uranium enrichment, the amount of enriched materials as well as research and development, it said.

“By taking the fifth step in reducing its commitment, the Islamic Republic of Iran eliminates the last key operational restriction it faced under the JCPOA, which is the limitation imposed on the number of centrifuges,” Tehran said on Sunday.

In May 2018, Trump pulled his country out of the JCPOA.

Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the JCPOA after the US withdrawal, but the three EU parties to the deal (France, Britain, and Germany) have failed to ensure Iran’s economic interests.

The EU’s inaction forced Tehran to stop honoring certain commitments to the nuclear deal, including a rise in the stockpile of enriched uranium.

Iran maintains that the new measures are not designed to harm the JCPOA but to save the accord by creating a balance in the commitments.