No Need to Inspect Iran's Military Sites: IAEA


"[Haley] conveyed that the IAEA will need to continue to robustly exercise its authorities to verify Iran's declaration and monitor the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, including access to undeclared and military-affiliated sites where the agency has questions about nuclear-related activities", the USA official said, adding, "We have full confidence in the agency and its highly skilled and professional inspectors".

U.S. President Donald Trump said earlier this month he didn't consider Iran in compliance and dispatched his United Nations envoy to convey his concerns.

Iran is also not conducting "any uranium enrichment or related research and development activities" at its Fordo nuclear plant, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) added, as cited by AFP.

The announcement comes in response to recent meetings between IAEA officials and the USA ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, who echoed White House concerns that Iran may be cheating on the deal by continuing nuclear production in off-limits military sights. That same resolution covers the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the "Iran nuclear deal".

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IAEA inspectors use site visits, remote monitoring, containment seals and satellite imagery to verify that Iran stays within nuclear production and capacity limits agreed with diplomats from China, the European Union, Russia and the US.

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The top United Nations official monitoring Iran's nuclear program on Thursday noted no violations by Tehran in its latest quarterly Iran monitoring report.

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano presented the eighth report on Iran's compliance with JCPOA to board of governors late on Thursday. "We just don't want to give them an excuse to".

By law, the president must notify Congress every 90 days whether Iran is complying with the deal.

Nuclear experts said the IAEA can request access to Iranian sites, but only if it has specific questions and concerns. The deal saw Iran cap its nuclear activities in return for lifting of crippling sanctions.

Iran has reiterated commitment to the terms of the deal despite Trump's stance, but has also said its military sites are off limits, raising the risk of a stand-off if a request for access were put to a vote.

Although Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany also signed on to the pact, Iran and the U.S. were the key players.

Iran's stock of low-enriched uranium, used for peaceful purposes, but when further processed for a weapon, did not exceed the agreed limit of 300 kg (661 pounds), the report said.