Iran continues its nuclear activities. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, Tehran has exceeded ten times the threshold for uranium stocks approved by Iran’s nuclear agreement, signed in Vienna in 2015.
The enriched uranium stored by Iran now exceeds ten times the limit approved by the agreement, signed in Vienna in 2015, with the major powers, according to a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) heard by AFP on Friday 4 September.
Tehran has accumulated 2105.4 kg of enriched uranium, while only 202.8 kg may be stored, which corresponds to 300 kg of enriched uranium in composite form.
Since the previous assessment published by the IAEA in June, Iran has therefore continued its nuclear activities, while the United States intensified its diplomatic efforts to restore sanctions and extend the arms embargo on Tehran.
Inspections approved at two other locations
According to the report consulted by AFP on Friday, the IAEA was able to visit two nuclear power plants to which they demanded access to Iran for several months. “Iran has given the agency’s inspectors access to this site so that they can take samples. […]. The samples will be analyzed “by the IAEA laboratories, the report said.” The agency will visit the second specified site later, in September 2020, on a date already agreed with Iran, “he specified.
According to a diplomat previously interviewed by AFP, it will take three months to get the results of samples.
There is no indication that the alleged nuclear activities at its sites, which go back more than 15 years, which are not related to Iran’s current activities, pose a threat at present, but because of its commitments to Iran. IAEA, Iran must accept the requested inspections, specialists say.
European pressure on Iran
For many months, Tehran had refused to meet the requirements of the UN agency, which they said was based on accusations from Israel.
The United States, despite two and a half years of Iran’s nuclear deal signed in 2015 in Vienna, has put significant pressure on Tehran over these ancient sites. They accuse the country of concealment, of forcing Europeans, Russia and China to in turn terminate the agreement.
Iran gave in at the end of August, following the adoption in June of a resolution by the governors of the IAEA, presented by the Europeans, calling on it to play openness with the international community. only since 2012, a period when the great powers suspected Iran of acquiring the atomic bomb, which Tehran has always denied.