by: Kate Norman
Thursday, 12 November 2020 | Iran continues to overstep the restrictions set out for the regime under the 2015 Iran deal, a United Nations atomic watchdog announced on Wednesday, increasing its stockpile of enriched uranium to 12 times the amount allowed under the nuclear accord.
The Islamic regime as of November 2 possessed 2,442.9 kilograms (5,285.7 lbs) of enriched uranium, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) revealed in a confidential report to the member nations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The report was shown to the AP, who published the details.
The JCPOA, which was signed in 2015 in order to curb Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, limits the regime to stockpiling 202.8 kilograms (447 lbs) of enriched uranium—a limitation that Iran has left behind in the dust, according to the IAEA.
The regime has also continued enriching its uranium, with a reported purity of 4.5%. The nuclear accord set the limit at 3.67% purity. While Tehran insists the enriched uranium is for civilian purposes, experts have suggested over the past few months that the regime’s progress in enriching the uranium puts them much closer toward achieving weapons-grade purity.
In addition, the IAEA reported that it had questioned Iran over the presence of nuclear material “at a location in Iran not declared to the agency” and received an answer that was “not technically credible.” The report, according to the AP, said “a full and prompt explanation from Iran…is needed.”
Iran, though it says otherwise, has also denied the IAEA access to nuclear sites—again in violation of the JCPOA.
The regime has been open about one thing: it will continue operating outside the 2015 restrictions in response to the US pulling out of the accord in 2018 and reimposing “maximum pressure” sanctions against Iran in order to cripple its nuclear development program.
In a move that US and Israeli leaders have called “extortion,” Iran has said that it will continue to further violate the JCPOA restrictions until the remaining countries party to the agreement grant the regime financial breaks that will offset the US sanctions.
Posted on November 12, 2020
Source: (Bridges for Peace, November 12, 2020)
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