UN atomic watchdog confirms Iran installing new centrifuges

Iran installing advanced centrifuges UN nuclear watchdog

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is investigating the particles' origin and has asked Iran to explain the traces.

The moves came in response to sanctions the United States reinstated when Washington abandoned the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) between Iran and world powers including China, Britain, France, Germany, and Russian Federation past year.

A spokesperson for the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday inspectors confirmed the new centrifuges, which include 30 advanced IR-6 and three IR-6s models.

The 2015 nuclear deal placed strict limits on Iran's uranium production that can be used for fuelling reactors or filling warheads.

Iran's atomic energy chief has slammed European powers, saying the EU's broken agreements have left the country with no option but to reduce its commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal.

A centrifuge is a device that enriches uranium by rapidly spinning uranium hexafluoride gas.

Both the US and Israel have pushed the IAEA to look further into a warehouse near Tehran where Israel alleges there is evidence Iran stored "massive amounts of equipment and material" before clearing it out.

Meanwhile, IAEA acting director general Cornel Feruta met with officials in Tehran on Sunday to discuss verification and monitoring activities, according to a statement published by the agency on Monday.

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A poorly informed U.S. reader of or listener to such slanted coverage could be forgiven for assuming that Iran was aggressively in breach of an agreement between the itself and the United States and the group of other UN Security Council permanent members as well as Germany, when in fact it is the USA that has crashed out of the accord and reimposed stiff economic sanctions on Iran.

The results were dismal: "The Israeli strikes dealt only minor setbacks to Iran's nuclear program, and the United States was enmeshed in yet another war in the Middle East".

He added that Iran had told the agency it would modify lines of research centrifuges so that enriched uranium was produced, which is not allowed under the deal.

The deal only lets Iran produce enriched uranium with just over 5,000 of its first-generation IR-1 centrifuge machines.

He also said he emphasized to Iranian authorities "the importance of full and timely cooperation by Iran" and the need for Iran to "respond promptly to Agency questions related to the completeness of Iran's safeguards declarations".

Later on Monday, Feruta told reporters in Vienna that his exchanges with Iranian officials were "very substantial" and he "was pleased with the tone and the input we received in those conversations".

Iran was infuriated by the Trump administration's unilateral decision to walk away from the deal signed by former President Barack Obama and the subsequent "maximum pressure" campaign of sanctions imposed by Mr. Trump.

The Elysee Palace in Paris said Macron and Putin agreed "all concerned parties" should act to "ease tensions".

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