New controversy looms over Iran

Iran has already ruled out informal talks with US, EU on reviving nuclear deal.

Iran has not answered any of the IAEA’s questions relating to the possible presence of nuclear material at three other locations either…reports Asian Lite News

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that it was deeply concerned about unreported nuclear material in Iran.

The presence of multiple uranium particles of anthropogenic origin is a clear indication that nuclear material and/or equipment contaminated by nuclear material has been present at a location not declared by Iran, IAEA Director-General Rafael Grossi said a virtual meeting on Monday.

“In the absence of a technically credible explanation from Iran, the agency is deeply concerned that undeclared nuclear material may have been present at this undeclared location and that such nuclear material remains unreported by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement,” Xinhua news agency quoted Grossi as saying.

Iran has not answered any of the IAEA’s questions relating to the possible presence of nuclear material at three other locations either, he added.

Compliance with the Iranian law

Grossi told reporters after the meeting that his agency has lost the additional protocol and “the transparency measures specific to the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action)”.

“To give you an example, if I wanted to go to a place which is part of a declared site, of which I have doubt, I cannot… It is a huge loss.”

He emphasised that the agreement he reached with Iran on February 21 is “a temporary technical understanding and that it is compatible with Iranian law”.

“It is to enable the agency to resume its full verification and monitoring of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA if and when Iran resumes its implementation of those commitments,” he said.

He told reporters that US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken have both indicated that “their aspiration is to return to the JCPOA”, and are “looking into means and ways to do it”, noting it is important to give more time to diplomacy and consultations.

“This is going to take time,” he said. “I hope they will agree and we are going to be supporting them.”

Also read:Iran rules out talks with US

The P5+1 countries (China, France, Russia, the UK and the US, plus Germany) negotiated the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear program in 2015, before Washington under former President Donald Trump withdrew from the nuclear agreement in 2018.

As a result of the US’ unilateral exit, Iran has surpassed JCPOA-stipulated limits on its uranium enrichment level and on its stockpiles of heavy water and low-enriched uranium.

The Islamic Republic has also lifted JCPOA limitations on its nuclear research and development activities.

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