Iran complying with nuclear deal: IAEA new report

Iran complying with nuclear deal: IAEA new report
Mon Jul 21, 2014 19:27:46

A new UN atomic agency’s report has verified Iran’s compliance with the terms of the deal in the monthly update report, saying that Iran has eliminated all its most sensitive nuclear material in line with an interim deal struck with world powers.

Days after a deadline to reach a lasting nuclear deal was pushed back four months, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Iran was continuing to comply with its international commitments, in a report seen by AFP.

Under a Geneva agreement with world powers reached in November, the Islamic republic vowed to freeze certain nuclear activities for six months in return for some relief from hard-hitting sanctions.

As of the July 20 deadline, Tehran had indeed cut half of its stock of 20-percent enriched uranium down to five-percent purity, while the rest has been converted into uranium oxide, the IAEA said.

Tehran has also refrained from enriching above the five-percent level at any of its nuclear facilities, the report said.

This was a significant step for Iran towards reaching an overall agreement with G5+1.

Last week, Washington acknowledged that Iran's "track record over the last six months... has been surprisingly favorable."

Since January, Tehran has consistently stuck to its obligations as laid out under the November interim deal.

Iran has always insisted its nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes, and that its enriched uranium was meant as fuel for its nuclear power plant in Bushehr and for others to come.


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