Vienna: The United Nations Atomic Supervision Agency said on Friday that Iran continues to increase its uranium-enriched stocks and still violates agreements with world powers.
The IAEA reported this finding in a confidential document sent to member states and was seen by the Associated Press.
The agency said that as of May 20, Iran’s total stock of low-enriched uranium was 1,571.6 kg (1.73 tons), which was higher than February 1,192 kg (1.1 tons).
Iran signed nuclear agreements with the United States, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, China and Russia in 2015. It is called the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (JCPOA), and it allows Iran to maintain only 202.8 kilograms (447 pounds) of inventory.
The United States unilaterally withdrew from the transaction in 2018.
The International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran has also been enriching uranium to a purity of 4.5%, which is higher than the 3.67% allowed by the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan. This also exceeded the agreement’s restrictions on heavy water.
The nuclear agreement promises to provide Iran with economic incentives in exchange for containing its nuclear program. Since President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the transaction, Iran has been slowly violating these restrictions.
The ultimate goal of JCPOA is to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, which Tehran said it did not want to do. The violations have been made public and continue to allow IAEA inspectors to enter their facilities to monitor their operations.
Now that it violates all the restrictions outlined by JCPOA, Tehran said it hopes to put pressure on other relevant countries to increase economic stimulus measures to make up for the tough sanctions imposed by Washington after the US withdrawal.
Although Iran was severely hit by the new coronavirus pandemic, the International Atomic Energy Agency stated that it is still maintaining its verification and monitoring activities in the country, mainly by charter planes to fly inspectors to and from Iran.
It cited “exceptional cooperation” from authorities in Austria, where it is based, and Iran in facilitating the operation.