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United Nations watchdog finds Iran is sticking to nuclear deal

02 September 2017, 12:52 | Colleen Roy

No Need to Inspect Iran's Military Sites: IAEA

Iran rejects US demand for inspection of military sites

Iran is honoring the terms of the landmark 2015 nuclear accord, the United Nations atomic watchdog said in its latest quarterly assessment today, according to news agencies that obtained the confidential six-page report.

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) said in a statement on Thursday that Donald Trump and Nikki Haley are making false allegations against Tehran to justify scrapping the nuclear deal that Iran has been honoring.

Iran's stock of low-enriched uranium as of August 21 was 88.4 kg (194.89 pounds), well below a 202.8-kg limit, and the level of enrichment did not exceed a 3.67 percent cap, according to the confidential report sent to IAEA member states and seen by Reuters.

Last week, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, met with with IAEA officials and pressed them to be more aggressive in their inspections, according to reports.

The IAEA is responsible for monitoring Iran's nuclear activities as per the nuclear deal and should also help Iran develop its nuclear energy program.

"We're not going to visit a military site like Parchin just to send a political signal", Reuters cited an unnamed IAEA official as saying, referring to a military complex located 30 kilometers from the capital, Tehran.

But while the previous USA administration showed flexibility in its pursuit of a nuclear understanding with Iran, the Trump presidency is unlikely to follow suit as it looks for possible reasons to abrogate the pact.

"The report reveals that U.S. officials' rhetoric and media hype has not impacted its verification activities and reporting on the case", continued the official stressing that Iran and all member states expect the agency's secretariat to keep up its professional job impartially.

The report comes at a critical time, as Mr Trump has threatened to withhold his certification of Iranian compliance when he is next required to report to Congress in mid-October. In July he told the Wall Street Journal he "would be surprised if they were in compliance".

"If they want to bring down the deal, they will", the official added, referencing the Trump administration.

Iran's stock of so-called heavy water - a moderator used in a type of reactor that can produce plutonium - stood at 111 tonnes, below the 130-tonne limit agreed in the deal, the report said, adding that Iran had restarted production of heavy water on June 17 after a maintenance shut-down of the plant on April 27. "We just don't want to give them an excuse to".

Despite Haley's public comments, she neither asked the IAEA to visit specific sites nor offered new intelligence on any site, officials who attended her meetings said. The deal saw Iran cap its nuclear activities in return for lifting of crippling sanctions.

Following months of negotiations, the long-awaited deal was signed between Tehran and major world powers - the US, France, Britain, Russia, and China, plus Germany.

He said Iran was still committed to the nuclear agreement, but "we do not accept bullying".

"According to the JCPOA, it is up to the IAEA (not one or another party to the accord) to request access and determine if Iran's cooperation is sufficient to resolve concerns", Daryl Kimball, with the Arms Control Association, told Al-Monitor via email.

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