New report confirms IAEA verification activities in Iran: Envoy

Tasnim – Iran’s envoy to international organizations in Vienna said the International Atomic Energy Agency’s most recent report has confirmed that the IAEA continue to verify Iran’s nuclear activities and also shows a suspension of Tehran’s commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal.

In comments on Friday night, Iran’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Kazem Gharibabadi, said the IAEA’s new report on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) shows the continuation of the agency’s verification activities and also demonstrates Iran’s activities in carrying out the decision to suspend its JCPOA commitments.

On technical nuclear issues, the IAEA’s report says Iran’s stockpile of heavy water has surpassed the limit of 130 tons and reached 132.6 tons, the envoy added.

The report also shows that Iran has employed new centrifuge machines for uranium enrichment, such as the IR-4, IR-5, IR-6, IR-S, IR-S6, and IR-2M, for research and development purposes, he noted.

Gharibabadi said the report also confirms that Iran is enriching uranium up to the 4.5 percent purity level –above the limit specified in the JCPOA- and that the Islamic Republic has produced 1,571.6 kilograms of enriched uranium, some 550 kg more than the figures in the March report, including 1,356.5 kg of uranium with 4.5 percent purity level.

On the verification activities, the new report has pointed to the continuation of monitoring and verification activities under the special conditions after the outbreak of the coronavirus and Iran’s proper cooperation with the IAEA, the ambassador added.

The report also maintains that Iran is carrying out the Additional Protocol temporarily and voluntarily and also verifies the non-diversion of declared nuclear material of Iran, he added.

In May 2018, US President Donald 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.