Vienna – Iran’s atomic programme is operating within the strict limits of its 2015 nuclear deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on Monday in Vienna, in the wake of U.S. threats to leave the agreement.
Tehran’s stock of low-enriched uranium, which could theoretically be processed into weapons material, stands at 97 kilogrammes, far below the 300-kilogramme limit, according to the IAEA’s quarterly Iran report.
The IAEA inspectors also said that they faced no difficulties in accessing sites that they wanted to visit.
U.S. President Donald Trump is one of the biggest critics of the nuclear agreement that the U.S. concluded with Iran in Vienna in 2015, along with Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China.
Trump declared in October that he would seek to toughen up that agreement, arguing that its clauses on IAEA inspections were far too weak and that it would not be able to prevent Tehran from building nuclear weapons.
The U.S. president threatened that he could ultimately walk away from the deal if the U.S. Congress or Washington’s allies did not agree to further restrictions on Iran.
The other major powers involved have little appetite for renegotiating the deal that obliged Tehran to radically scale down its nuclear activities and to accept a tough set of IAEA inspection rules, while Western economic sanctions were lifted in return. (dpa/NAN)