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IAEA says Iran knows about uranium enrichment

VIENNA, February 20 – RIA Novosti. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it is aware of Iran’s uranium enrichment and will inform the Board of Governors if necessary.

“The IAEA is aware of recent media reports about uranium enrichment levels in Iran. Director-General Rafael Grossi said the IAEA is discussing with Iran the results of the agency’s final verification activities and will inform the IAEA Board of Governors if necessary.” says report.

International observers reported last week that they found 84% enriched uranium in Iran, just below the level needed to make a nuclear weapon, Bloomberg reported, citing two previously unnamed top diplomats.

In 2015, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, France and Iran signed a nuclear agreement called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (COEP), which includes lifting sanctions in exchange for limiting Iran’s nuclear program. In May 2018, the United States, led by Donald Trump, withdrew from the JCPOA and reinstated sanctions against Tehran. In response, Iran announced a gradual reduction in its obligations under the agreement, waiving restrictions on nuclear research, centrifuges and the level of uranium enrichment.

Negotiations were held in Vienna to renew the JCPOA and to lift Washington’s sanctions on Tehran. In December 2021, the parties agreed on two draft agreements, in which the European side also included the positions of Iran. Iran spokesman Bagheri Kyani said talks were going well, but US State Department spokesman Ned Price rated the progress in Vienna as modest, urging Tehran to take the issue seriously.

Source: Ria

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