| 26 May 2024, Sunday |

UN watchdog: Iran defying nuclear deal with uranium enrichment

Breaching the 2015 accord intended to limit Tehran’s nuclear program, Iran has increased its stockpile of enriched uranium, said The UN atomic watchdog on Tuesday

The uranium could be used to make nuclear weapons and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that Iran had rendered the agency unable to continue with its inspections of the country’s nuclear activities.

“Since 23 February 2021 the Agency’s verification and monitoring activities have been seriously undermined as a result of Iran’s decision to stop the implementation of its nuclear-related commitments” as part of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, the IAEA noted.

The UN agency told members that its ability to properly assess Tehran’s activities was deteriorating and that the situation would continue “unless the situation is immediately rectified by Iran.”

The IAEA said certain surveillance equipment cannot be left for more than three months without being serviced.

The agency was provided with access this month to four surveillance cameras installed at one location, but one of the cameras had been destroyed and a second had been severely damaged, the IAEA said.