Iran committed to terms of nuclear deal: IAEA

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has once again confirmed that Iran has not violated the terms of an interim deal on its nuclear energy program with the six world powers, Press TV reported.

Iran and the six powers -- Russia, China, France, Britain, the United States and Germany -- inked the interim agreement in Geneva, Switzerland, in November 2013. The accord took effect on January 20.

Under the Geneva deal, the six countries undertook to provide Iran with some sanctions relief in exchange for Iran agreeing to limit certain aspects of its nuclear activities during a six-month period. It was also agreed that no nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on Iran within the same timeframe.

In a new monthly update on Thursday, the UN atomic watchdog said two months into the six-month halt, Iran is still not enriching uranium to medium fissile purities, as agreed in Geneva last year.

The IAEA report went on to say that Tehran is also continuing to dilute and convert its stockpile of medium-enriched uranium, and had not made any advances at its Natanz and Fordow nuclear facilities or at the Arak heavy water reactor.

Under an agreement reached between Iran and the UN nuclear watchdog in November 2013, the IAEA inspectors visited the Arak heavy water production plant on December 8, 2013.

The Arak reactor, which uses natural uranium to produce radio medicines, is planned to gradually replace the Tehran Research Reactor, which produces medical radioisotopes for cancer patients.

The IAEA inquiry is separate from but complementary to higher-level talks between Iran and the six nations, which is aimed at reaching a final agreement to fully resolve the West's decade-old dispute over Tehran's nuclear energy program.

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