IAEA: Iran complying with terms of extended nuclear deal
Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), delivering a speech during the IAEA Board of Governors' meeting at the International Center in Vienna. [AFP]
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has issued a new report, confirming Iran’s commitment to an interim nuclear deal it signed with six world powers last year.
The monthly update report by the IAEA indicated on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic is continuing to meet its commitments under the interim accord that came into effect in January.
The report added that Tehran has begun using about 3.5 kg of its 20 percent enriched uranium in oxide form to produce fuel as agreed under an earlier agreement to extend the interim deal, which expired on July 20.
On August 18, Director General of the IAEA Yukiya Amano said he expects progress will be made over Iran’s nuclear energy program within the next week.
Amano said Iran had started implementing five nuclear transparency measures ahead of the August 25 deadline for Tehran to provide the agency with a new set of information on its nuclear energy program.
Iran and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council - China, Russia, Britain, France, and the United States - plus Germany clinched a landmark interim deal in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, 2013.
Under the Geneva deal, dubbed the Joint Plan of Action, the six countries undertook 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.
As part of the interim deal, Iran suspended 20-percent uranium enrichment as of January 20 when the agreement came into force. Iran then started to dilute and oxidize its 196-kg stockpile of 20-percent-enriched uranium.
The UN body has been publishing monthly reports on Iran's commitments under the comprehensive deal.
In July, Iran and the six countries agreed to extend their discussions until November 24 in an effort to achieve a permanent nuclear deal.
The two sides are expected to discuss ways of reaching a final agreement over Tehran’s nuclear energy program. Iran's right to enrich uranium is among the bones of contention between the two sides.