The UN’s atomic watchdog has today said that it is ‘deeply concerned’ by the possible presence of nuclear material at an undeclared site in Iran. ‘The agency is deeply concerned that undeclared nuclear material may have been present at this undeclared location and that such nuclear material remains unreported by Iran under its safeguards agreement,’ a report from the International Atomic Energy Agency said. Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium is now more than 14 times over the limit set down in its 2015 deal with world powers, the UN’s nuclear agency said.
Daily Mail 23rd May 2021 read more »
Good news does not always arrive in obvious forms. Six years ago, the Iran nuclear deal was a diplomatic triumph earned by a long and painful process. This weekend saw a much more modest but equally necessary victory. Though Iran has reduced the International Atomic Energy Agency’s access for ensuring compliance with the deal, a three-month agreement reached on Sunday will allow continued monitoring. As the director general of the IAEA, Rafael Grossi, observed, it “salvages the situation for now”. The fear has been that though Tehran’s non-compliance has been carefully calibrated to date, its next steps might be irreversible.
Guardian 23rd Feb 2021 read more »
The supreme leader of Iran has threatened to enrich uranium to 60 per cent purity, close to that required for nuclear weapons, despite President Biden’s offer last week of negotiations. Ayatollah Khamenei said Iran might start enriching uranium to 60 per cent purity, further than it has gone before and not far off in technical capacity from the 90 per cent required for nuclear weapons.
Times 24th Feb 2021 read more »