Despite tense round of talks, Iran "committed" to nuclear deal
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet with world powers for the next round of nuclear talks on July second (Dieter Nagl/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 showed on Friday that Iran was meeting its commitments to limit certain aspects of its nuclear energy program under the Geneva deal.
The report noted that Iran has acted to eliminate virtually all of its stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium gas.
The Friday report also stated that since the Geneva nuclear deal took effect on January 20, Iran has either diluted to a lower enrichment level or fed for conversion into oxide form more than 97 percent of its uranium gas stock refined to a fissile concentration of 20 percent.
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.
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