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Iran's Full and Timely Cooperation is Essential, Acting Director General Tells Board

11 September 2019

Iran has yet to explain those traces of uranium, says the nuclear watchdog agency, according to two diplomats who are tightly connected with the agency's inspection work, and who spoke exclusively with the Reuters news agency.

The International Atomic Energy Agency reported its inspectors verified the installation of new centrifuges.

Iran last week announced its intention to use the centrifuges and has already surpassed the levels set by the accord on enriching uranium in an effort to get the countries still participating to help ease economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. after the United States withdrew from the deal last May.

Also on Monday, China - which along with France, Germany, Britain and Russian Federation is also a signatory to the JCPOA - called on the USA to "give up its wrong approach such as unilateral sanctions and extreme pressure against Iran".

Inspectors from the United Nations nuclear watchdog have verified that smaller numbers of various advanced centrifuges had been or were being installed, the spokesman added.

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A centrifuge is a device that enriches uranium by rapidly spinning uranium hexafluoride gas.

He is serving as the IAEA's acting director after the death of late director-general Yukiya Amano in July.

The deal began unravelling a year ago when President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the pact negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani.

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He added that Iran had also informed the agency it would modify lines of research centrifuges so that enriched uranium was produced, which is not allowed under the deal.

The U.S. will continue to impose sanctions on whoever purchases Iran's oil or does any business with Iran's Revolutionary Guards. "If it's going to be one-way, the Islamic Republic of Iran will definitely make the right decisions at the right time like it has done with these three steps", he said.

He also said he emphasized to Iranian authorities "the importance of full and timely cooperation by Iran" and the need for Iran to "respond promptly to Agency questions related to the completeness of Iran's safeguards declarations".

"We have made it very clear that the role of the agency is to report the facts to members of the JCPOA and also the board", Feruta told reporters in Vienna.

The Times wrote that Iran has so far only enriched uranium to 4.5 per cent purity, "modestly" above limits set in the deal, but that in statements this weekend, did not indicate whether they would enriching to higher levels such as 20 per cent purity.

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"We hope that the relevant parties can meet at halfway and push for the easing of tensions around the Iranian nuclear issue", Hua said.

Iran's Full and Timely Cooperation is Essential, Acting Director General Tells Board