IAEA: Iran adhering to nuclear deal

Ready badges for the media delegations of each country are pictured on the second day of three days of closed-door nuclear talks in Geneva. (File photo: Reuters)

Iran is complying with the terms of last year’s landmark nuclear agreement with six world powers, a monthly update from the U.N. atomic agency obtained by Reuters showed on Thursday.

Under the deal that took effect on Jan. 20, Iran curbed some parts of its nuclear program in exchange for the limited easing of sanctions that have battered the oil producer’s economy.

The confidential report by International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) also showed that Iran has neutralized half of its stockpile of higher-enriched uranium that could be turned quickly into the core of a nuclear weapon, the Associated Press reported.

The development leaves Tehran with substantially less of the 20-percent enriched uranium that it would need to for such a purpose.

Uranium at that level is only a technical step away from weapons-grade material.

Iran denies any interest in atomic arms.

Diluting half of its 20-percent enriched stockpile was among the Iranian commitments under the agreement.

(With Reuters and Associated Press)

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43