Salehi: There’s no problem for Iran to fulfill its nuclear obligations
BAKU, Azerbaijan, September 20
By Elnur Baghishov – Trend:
There is no problem for the Islamic Republic of Iran to fulfill its obligations, Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi told Iranian Parliament’s portal, Trend reports.
According to Salehi, Iran is simply fulfilling its nuclear obligations.
Salehi added that Iran complies to this principle, and Iran's cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is also within this framework.
The official emphasized that if the International Atomic Energy Agency has a logical request from Iran within the framework of its obligations, ie control and additional protocol, Iran fulfills it.
"Another place in Iran will be inspected by the International Atomic Energy Agency. In this regard, the schedule has been adjusted," he said.
The official noted that earlier, the inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency also conducted inspections at a place in Iran.
"The IAEA has said it has no request but to inspect the two places in Iran," he said.
In January 2016, JCPOA was launched between Iran and the P5+1 group (US, Russia, China, UK, France, and Germany) in connection with Iran's nuclear program. In May 2018, the US announced its withdrawal from the deal and imposed sanctions on Iran in November of the same year.
To preserve the agreements reached as part of the JCPOA, the European signatories of the deal started in January 2019 that a financial mechanism for maintaining trade with Iran called INSTEX was formed.
On May 8, 2019, Iran announced that it had ceased fulfilling its commitments regarding the sale of over 300 kilograms of uranium, as stated in the deal, basing its decision on the other signatories that have not fulfilled their obligations. On July 7, Iran announced that it will not be fulfilling its commitments regarding the enrichment of uranium at 3.67 percent and the reconstruction of the Arak Heavy Water Reactor Facility as stated in the deal.
Iran announced that it will enrich uranium using next-generation centrifuges and will not mix it with the enriched uranium residues as part of the third step of reducing commitments in JCPOA on Sept.5.
On Nov. 5, 2019, Iran announced that it took the fourth step in connection with reducing its commitments to the nuclear agreement. So, uranium gas is being pumped to the centrifuges at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant.
On Jan.2020, Iran took the last fifth step in reducing the number of its commitments within JCPOA.
The US imposed new sanctions on Iran in November 2018. Over the past period, the sanctions affected Iranian oil exports, more than 700 banks, companies, and individuals.