Iran Sticks to Deal Capping Nuclear Work, IAEA Monitors Say

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  • IAEA board of governors due to meet in Vienna early June
  • Report follows Iran accord that came into force in January

Iran held to its accord with world powers by keeping the amount of nuclear material it produces below agreed thresholds and continuing to allow monitors wide access to facilities, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported on Friday.

“The agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material at the nuclear facilities and locations outside facilities where nuclear material is customarily used,” the IAEA wrote in a 5-page restricted report distributed to member governments and obtained by Bloomberg News. Iran has additionally taken steps required to allow more inspectors into the country, according to the IAEA.

The report, expected to be made public when the IAEA’s board of governors meets in Vienna in early June, follows the deal between Iran and world powers that came into force Jan. 16. The accord lifted sanctions levied against Iran in exchange for caps on the amount of enriched uranium it’s allowed to produce. IAEA inspectors also won wider access to nuclear facilities.

Iran’s issuance of multiple-entry, one-year visas for inspectors will significantly boost the IAEA’s ability to conduct surprise inspections, according to a senior diplomat familiar with the agency’s monitoring program. The person asked not to be named in line with diplomatic rules.

While the agency didn’t report the specific quantity of enriched material in Iran, the diplomat said that the amount stockpiled was well below the 300 kilograms allowed under the deal.