Iran sticks to peaceful nuclear activities, IAEA says
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 19
By Umid Niayesh- Trend:
The latest International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report verifies that there is no diversion in Iran's peaceful nuclear activities, the Islamic Republic's IAEA ambassador, Reza Najafi said.
The report confirms that all activities in Iran's nuclear sites are under the IAEA supervision, Najafi said, Iran's Mehr news agency reported Nov. 19.
Najafi however said the mentioned report includes "unnecessary technical details", to which Iran had previously protested.
Iran has started cutting back on parts of its nuclear development program that could be used to produce nuclear weapons, as required by the landmark agreement Tehran reached with P5+1 last July, the IAEA report said.
The report also showed that despite taking out about a quarter of its roughly 19,000 installed centrifuges, Iran still has some way to go before all its commitments are met.
So far, 4,500 centrifuges have been removed at Natanz and Fordo, the IAEA report showed, meaning it still has to take out approximately 10,000 more.
Meanwhile Najafi said that some measures need time for implementation, such as removal of inactive centrifuges. He said such measures are reversible.
He added that other measures including redesigning of Arak heavy water reactor and exchanging of enriched uranium will only take place when the case of Iran's past issues is closed by the agency's board of governors.
The IAEA will also release a new statement on the closure of the investigation into possible military dimensions (PMD) of Iran's nuclear program on December 15, Najafi said earlier.
According to the Iran-IAEA road map, the Islamic Republic has taken all the needed steps and the nuclear watchdog is expected to confirm that in a statement by mid-December.
After several months of talks, on July 14, Iran and the P5+1 (the United States, Russia, China, France, the United Kingdom, and Germany) announced a final accord, dubbed the JCPOA, curbing Iran's nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of most international sanctions against Tehran.
The IAEA has been given the role of verifying Iran's commitments under the lasting nuclear deal.