Saudi Arabia calls on Iran to fully cooperate with IAEA

Nellie Chapman
November 10, 2019

US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Friday called on Iran to provide inspectors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with their rights and immunity.

He said Iran has the "capacity to produce five percent, twenty percent, sixty percent, or any percentage" of enriched uranium, a claim often repeated by Tehran.

The EU and the USA called on Iran to cooperate with the IAEA in explaining the traces of uranium that was processed but not enriched. However, this is still far below the 90% uranium enrichment level needed to build nuclear weapons.

It was reported on November 6 that Iran began to pump gas to the centrifuges at its Fordow uranium enrichment plant, the fourth stage of Tehran's reduction of its obligation-fulfilment under the JCPOA.

Kamalvandi said that a check at the entrance gate to the Natanz uranium enrichment plant "triggered the alarm multiple times, showing [the inspector] was either contaminated with certain materials or had them on her".

The debate about the development of Iranian missile capabilities started the very day after the adoption of UNSC Resolution 2231, which endorsed the Iran nuclear deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

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The JCPOA was agreed upon in July 2015 between Iran and six countries: China, France, Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The AEO said she was denied entry to the facility on October 28, but it did not say if anything was found among her possessions when she was searched.

"We've announced that, if needed, we will even present the footage of this", he told a news conference, noting that Iran's "bitter experiences" of nuclear sabotage had led to the strict system of checks.

In a reaction to the US withdrawal from the landmark 2015 Iranian nuclear deal in May 2018 and the subsequent sanctions, and in a response to the Europe's sluggishness in facilitating Iran's banking transactions and its oil exports, Iran, since six months ago, has staged moves to drop its nuclear commitments.

Talking to reporters in Bushehr, Chief of Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said, 'Now, the Islamic Republic is acting within the JCPOA and it has not done anything outside this deal.

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