Following trade tensions between the U.S. and Iran, the International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed the Iranian regime followed through with their threat of accelerating its production of enriched uranium.
Per the United Nations:
The International Atomic Energy Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.
The Agency undertakes to conduct its activities in accordance with the Purposes and Principles of the United Nations Charter to promote peace and international co-operation, and in conformity with policies of the United Nations furthering the establishment of safeguarded worldwide disarmament and in conformity with any international agreements entered into pursuant to such policies.
The IAEA, through the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, works to provide a strong, sustainable and visible global nuclear safety and security framework for the protection of people, society and the environment. This framework provides for the harmonized development and application of safety and security standards, guidelines and requirements; but it does not have the mandate to enforce the application of safety standards within a country.
Speaking to the IAEA Board of Governors on Monday,
It is essential that Iran fully implements its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA.
– IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano
Amano refers to the disastrous Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran Deal. Expressing concerns, he notes,
As I have constantly emphasized, the nuclear-related commitments entered into by Iran under the JCPOA represent a significant gain for nuclear verification. I therefore hope that ways can be found to reduce current tensions through dialogue.
The report from IAEA, which is responsible for monitoring Iranian compliance with the Iran Deal, is just another of the many examples of the deal being exposed time and time again, including by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Amano also confirmed during the press conference following the quarterly IAEA Board of Governors meeting that Iran was now producing more enriched uranium than before, though declining to quantify the increase:
Reporter: Sir, in your latest report on Iran, it had a cutoff date of around May 20, I think. Since then, has Iran made good on any of its announcements in terms of increasing its production of uranium?
Amano: Yes. Production rate is increasing.
Reporter: Is it fourfold, as they said?
Amano: It depends, and it changes, so I prefer not to mention the specific figure, due to this fluctuation, but I can say, the pace of production increased.
Amano admits that the IAEA doesn’t have a method for telling when they’ve exceeded the limits set in the nuclear deal:
Reporter: Just to follow up to that, with fluctuation in mind, when do you think Iran would exceed the 300 kilograms, when do you think it will go over?
Amano: The pace of production, it fluctuates. Production is one thing. They can use it for dilution, for RND, so we cannot tell when it comes up to the ceiling.
You can watch the full press conference here.
You can read the latest Board of Governors meeting report here.
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said the IAEA findings showed “that Iran is going in the wrong direction and it underscores the continuing challenge Iran poses to international peace and security.”
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