Iran bars most experienced inspectors from nuclear sites

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AMMAN — The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Saturday, September 16, that Iran has barred around a third of the agency’s most experienced inspectors from overseeing nuclear sites in the country.اضافة اعلان

Rafael Grossi, director-general of the IAEA, said in a statement that the lack of cooperation will damage the organization’s ability to “provide credible assurances that nuclear material and activities in Iran are for peaceful purposes,” Israeli Media reported.

“This profoundly regrettable decision by Iran is another step in the wrong direction and constitutes an unnecessary blow to an already strained relationship between the IAEA and Iran in the implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement,” he added. 

Last week, the UN nuclear watchdog said in confidential reports that Iran had made “no progress” on several outstanding nuclear issues, including installing more cameras to monitor their nuclear program.

Uranium Stores
In a separate report, also seen by AFP, the IAEA said Iran’s total stockpile of enriched uranium was more than 18 times the limit set in a 2015 accord between Tehran and world powers.

Iran’s total enriched uranium stockpile was estimated at 3,795.5kg as of August 19, down by 949 kilograms from May, the agency said, The limit in the 2015 deal was set at 202.8kg.

The stockpile of uranium enriched up to 60 percent is now at 121.6kg, up from 114.1kg in May.

Iran also has 535.8 kilos of uranium enriched up to 20 percent, up from 470.9 kilos in the last May report.

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