UN: No Iranian violations of nuclear deal
In exchange for sanctions relief, Iran committed to keeping its reserve of low-enriched uranium below 300 kg and its stock of heavy water
The UN nuclear agency has reported no new Iranian violations of a landmark nuclear deal Tehran signed with six world powers that limits its atomic prowess in exchange for sanctions relief.
In a confidential report obtained by The Associated Press and issued Friday, the International Atomic Energy Agency also says Iran has corrected one infringement noted in February by reducing its heavy water supply to the allowed limit of 143.3 tons or below after exceeding it earlier in the year.
Heavy water is used in reactors that produce substantial amounts of plutonium, a potential path to nuclear weapons.
Some of the excess was exported to the US under an arrangement criticized by US congressional opponents. Since then, the House of Congress has voted to bar future US purchases.
In exchange for sanctions relief, Iran last July committed to keeping its reserve of low-enriched uranium below 300 kg (662 pounds) and its stock of heavy water, a non-radioactive product, at less than 130 metric tons.
“Throughout the reporting period, Iran had no more than 130 metric tons of heavy water ... Iran’s total (low) enriched uranium stockpile did not exceed 300 kg,” the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a quarterly report on Iran.
The IAEA is in charge of verifying Iran’s compliance with the deal it reached with the United States, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany.
“There shouldn’t be any surprises for anyone. Iran continues to honour its commitments,” a senior diplomat said. “At this point in time it’s clearly below the 300 kg limit. It’s not close to making us nervous.”
In its last Iran report in February, the IAEA said Iran had briefly overstepped the limit for its heavy-water stock, but then came quickly back within the bounds of the deal. The breach did not worry diplomats.
(With AP and Reuters)