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Watchdog: Iran complying with nuclear deal limits

Watchdog: Iran complying with nuclear deal limits

Iran's stock of low-enriched uranium as of August 21 was 88.4 kilograms, well below a 202.8kg limit, and the level of enrichment did not exceed a 3.67 percent cap, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency report sent to IAEA member states.

While the United States was pushing the UN nuclear inspectors to check military sites in Iran to verify it is not breaching its nuclear deal with world powers, the IAEA declared on Thursday that the Islamic Republic is living up to its JCPOA commitments. But for this to happen, inspectors must believe such checks are necessary and so far they do not, officials say. He has called it "the worst deal ever negotiated".

The Iranian president referred to the Friday statements by US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley who urged the IAEA to request access to Iranian military sites, in what is regarded as an attempt by the US to undermine the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The U.S. administration on July 17 last certified that Iran was in fact complying, but it assailed Tehran for breaching what it called "the spirit" of the deal by continuing to develop and test ballistic missiles and fast boats.

Iran is in compliance with the nuclear deal, United Nations inspectors stated in a report released Thursday.

The deal also allows the IAEA to request access to facilities other than the nuclear installations Iran has already declared if it has concerns about banned materials or activities there.

Although Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany also signed on to the pact, Iran and the US were the key players.

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"Iran's military sites are off limits".

IAEA experts normally do the work of swiping equipment and sampling the soil and air at sites they suspect was used for hidden nuclear activities.

"We have to be able to vet this information", a second IAEA official said, asking not to be identified because inspections are sensitive and the agency rarely discusses them publicly.

IAEA monitors Iran's compliance via site visits, remote monitoring, containment seals, and satellite imagery.

In June, shortly after the IAEA's last report on Iran said its heavy water stock stood at 128.2 tons as of mid-May, Tehran said it would ship 20 tons overseas.

The JCPOA was "a commitment undertaken by the entire global community on the one side and Iran on the other, supported by a resolution of the UN Security Council, and certified regularly by the worldwide Atomic Energy Agency", she pointed out.

Decades of failed US diplomacy with Iran, including the Obama administration's nuclear accord, actually paved the way for the Israeli option, Bolton told the Washington Free Beacon.


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