Iran’s stock of enriched uranium 16 times higher than limit set out in JCPA

Talks in Vienna to salvage the nuclear deal. (File).

International Atomic Energy Agency chief expresses concerns.

Iran holds a quantity of low enriched uranium nearly 16 times higher than the limit authorized in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA), according to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Since 2019 Tehran has gradually broken the terms of the JCPA, signed in 2015, partly in response to the US abandoning the deal with the reinstatement of sanctions on Iran.

Negotiations are currently underway in Vienna to bring the United States back into the fold of this agreement, intended to “prevent” the Islamic Republic from acquiring the atomic bomb.

The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency expressed concerns about the situation of several undeclared Iranian sites, according to another report consulted Monday by AFP in Vienna.

“The Director General (Rafael Grossi) is concerned that the technical discussions between Iran and the Agency have not produced the expected results”, the report stated.

These meetings, which began in April, aim to clarify the possible presence of nuclear material in several locations.

In his previous report in February, the UN nuclear watchdog indirectly mentioned a warehouse in the district of Turquzabad, in the province of Tehran.

The report now refers to three sites in total and mentions a fourth, for which “Iran has not responded to questions from the Agency.”

The document, which will be discussed at a Board of Governors next week, also takes stock of the low enriched uranium accumulated by Iran.

Its quantity is now almost 16 times greater than the limit authorized by the 2015 international agreement.

(i24 News).

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