MADRID, Sep. 12 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Grossi, on Monday called on Iran to provide “credible technical explanations” for the presence of uranium particles in three of its facilities and reiterated that, in the absence of the same, the agency “cannot give guarantees that the Iranian nuclear program is exclusively peaceful.”
Grossi stressed that the agency’s verification capabilities “have been seriously affected by Iran’s decision to stop applying its commitments, including those related to the additional protocol”, in response to the decision of the United States to abandon the 2018 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions against Tehran.
Thus, he recalled that in his last report he highlighted that “in the event that Iran fully resumes the application of its nuclear commitments under the agreement, the agency will have to address the knowledge gap about what has taken place since the monitoring and monitoring ceased to be operational”.
“For this, the agency will need to apply additional safeguards and Iran will have to provide a comprehensive and accurate history,” he argued. “We will also need to determine the completeness and accuracy of the data recorded by our monitoring equipment between February 21, 2021 and June 8, 2022,” she explained.
Along these lines, Grossi has maintained that “even then, there will continue to be considerable challenges in confirming consistency with respect to the situation prior to February 21, 2021, when Iran declared the inventory of centrifuges and heavy water.”
“Despite the agency’s willingness to interact with Iran without delay to resolve these problems, Iran has not been available,” lamented the IAEA director general, who stressed that the agency “remains prepared to resume contacts with They will go without delay to resolve these issues.”
Iranian authorities last week rejected the latest IAEA report, saying “it is a repetition of previous unfounded issues”, while reiterating that its “peaceful” nuclear program “has been the most transparent so far”.
The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behruz Kamalvandi, said that the international body’s document “has political objectives” and stressed that some media are “distorting” phrases that the IAEA “uses vaguely ” to cast doubt on the Iranian nuclear program.
Not surprisingly, IAEA experts confirmed that Iran has increased its uranium enrichment activities and now has more than 55 kilos of material with a purity greater than 60 percent. 50 kilos of 90 percent enriched uranium would be enough to make atomic weapons.
The report further clouds the prospects for reviving the nuclear deal. Iran has breached part of the commitments signed then after the United States disassociated itself from said agreement in 2018, under the Presidency of Donald Trump, who launched a battery of sanctions under a “maximum pressure” program against the Iranian authorities.
Source: Europa Press