The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will submit its final assessment of Iran’s compliance with the roadmap agreed by the Islamic Republic and the agency on 1 July by 15 December as required by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, IAEA director general Yukiyama Amano told the UN general assembly today.
Approval of the assessment by the board of directors of the IAEA is the final condition for the relaxation of nuclear-related sanctions against Iran. Analysts say the board could approve the assessment on the day it is submitted.
“We are now finalising our analysis of all of the information at our disposal,” Amano said. “I will present my final assessment on all past and present outstanding issues to the IAEA Board of Governors by December 15th. My report will be factual, objective and impartial. Our Member States will determine the appropriate response.”
Much work remains to be done, but I believe the significant progress made on the Iran nuclear issue represents a real success for diplomacy,” Amano said. “It demonstrates that even complex and challenging issues can be tackled effectively if all parties are committed to dialogue – not dialogue for its own sake, but dialogue aimed at achieving results.”
“The agreements reached in July represent a clear net gain for the IAEA from the verification point of view,” Amano said. “The agency will continue to implement safeguards in Iran with a view to being able to draw what we call the broader conclusion – that all nuclear material remains in peaceful activities – in due course.”
A confidential IAEA report to its board governors said that ran has disconnected almost a quarter of its uranium-enriching centrifuges in less than a month, Reuters reported today. It says Iran had moved around 4,500 centrifuges from their positions at the Fordow and Natanz enrichment sites between 18 October and 15 November.
Under the July deal, Iran agreed to reduce its number of installed centrifuges to around 6,100 from 19,000. Of the remaining 6,100, only about 5,100 will be used to enrich uranium.
Reuters reported the report as saying that Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium had increased by 460.2 kilogrammes in the past three months to 8,305.6 kilogrammes. The nuclear deal calls for the stockpile to be cut to no more than 300 kilogrammes.