Iran expects the International Atomic Energy Agency to issue a “final” report on Friday confirming the Islamic republic has met all its obligations under its nuclear deal with world powers, an Iranian minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday.
Under the terms of the agreement, known as the JCPOA, international sanctions against Iran will be lifted once the IAEA, the Vienna-based U.N. nuclear watchdog, confirms Iran has restricted its nuclear program.
“The IAEA will issue its final report on Friday to confirm Iran has met its commitments under the JCPOA,” Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said, according to the Fars news agency.
The IAEA declined to comment on the report.
A report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog saying Iran has kept its promises under the nuclear deal is a crucial precondition for sanctions relief to kick in. The IAEA will, however, continue to regularly report to its member states on Iran.
“What we’re expecting is that the IAEA final report will be able to say that Iran is in compliance,” said a senior western diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity.
“Our expectation is that (the report would be submitted) at some point either right at the end of this week or at some point next week,” he said.
Under the agreement reached in July last year, Tehran promised to reduce its stockpile of low-enriched uranium to below 300 kg (660 pounds), cut the number of its installed uranium-enriching centrifuges to around 6,100 from 19,000, and decommission the Arak heavy water reactor.
Tehran has drastically reduced the number of centrifuges installed at the Fordow and Natanz enrichment sites within the last few months, and shipped tonnes of low-enriched uranium materials to Russia.
However there are contradictory reports in state media about the fate of the Arak heavy reactor and it is not clear if Iran has removed the core of the reactor and filled it with cement, as promised.
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