Source: Arabic.Net – Agencies
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced today, Friday, in a report on Iran’s nuclear activities, that Tehran’s stockpile of enriched uranium exceeds eight times the limit allowed in the 2015 nuclear agreement, which Iran began to abandon its obligations under in May 2019.
According to the findings of IAEA inspectors, the amount accumulated by Tehran on May 20, 1571.6 kg of enriched uranium, while the permissible limit is 202.8 kg according to the agreement reached by Iran and the great powers, which are the United States, Britain, France, Russia and China in addition to Germany.
The agency reported that Iran was also continuing Uranium enrichment to purity 4.5%, Which is higher than the 3.67% permitted under the agreement.
The agency also expressed deep concern that Iran has continued for months to prevent its inspectors from Entering two important sites.
These two sites that the IAEA inspectors have wanted to enter several months ago are among Three sites the International Atomic Energy Agency suspects of previously containing nuclear material and activities Unauthorized, without a proven connection to the current nuclear program.
In March, the IAEA published a report warning Iran against refraining from responding to its inquiries about past nuclear activities at three sites and denying them access to two of them. Diplomats have since said the agency is investigating activities at these sites before the nuclear deal was signed in 2015.
The report, submitted to IAEA member states, details of suspected activities and materials, including “the possibility of … natural uranium in the form of a metal cylinder” at a site “that underwent extensive sterilization and settlement in 2003 and 2004”.
The nuclear deal promised Iran with economic incentives in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement in 2018, while Iran was slowly violating some of its restrictions.
Now Iran has violated all the restrictions set by the agreement, and says it hopes to pressure other countries concerned to increase economic incentives to compensate for the harsh sanctions imposed by Washington after withdrawing from the agreement.