Iran mum after IAEA finds uranium traces at Tehran facility

Iran mum after IAEA finds uranium traces at Tehran facility

The article, no doubt picked up by dozens or more U.S. news organizations, states in its lead paragraph, " Iran has begun using arrays of advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium in violation of its 2015 nuclear deal, a spokesman said Saturday, warning that Europe has little time left to offer new terms to save the accord".

Iran already has breached the stockpile and enrichment level limits set by the deal, while stressing it could quickly revert back to the terms of the accord - which is meant to keep Tehran from building atomic weapons by providing economic incentives - if Europe delivers sanctions relief.

The United States, which pulled out of the nuclear deal past year by President Donald Trump, is trying to force Iran to negotiate a more sweeping agreement, covering Tehran's ballistic missiles and regional behaviour, than the current accord.

Earlier, an Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation spokesman said Iran would be decreasing its commitments to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal in retaliation for the breach of the deal by Washington, but added that Tehran could "reverse" its action if the other parties to the deal fulfil their promises.

"It is clear to me that we can not prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and rotten structure of this deal", said Trump.

A centrifuge enriches uranium by spinning uranium hexafluoride gas.

In this photo released by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, spokesman of the organization, Behrouz Kamalvandi, speaks in a news briefing in Tehran, Iran, on September 7, 2019.

He is serving as the IAEA's acting director after the death of late director-general Yukiya Amano in July.

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said the European Union was supposed to "fill the vacuum" left by Washington's withdrawal past year from the deal, but unfortunately it failed to keep that promise.

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

In a confidential report to member states, the IAEA also said Iran had made those modifications on some lines.

"I also stressed the need for Iran to respond promptly to agency questions related to the completeness of Iran's safeguards declarations", Feruta said.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday: "The U.S. should abandon wrong practices such as unilateral sanctions and maximum pressure on Iran".

Iran has pleaded for help from Europe to dodge the sanctions but efforts by Britain, France and Germany have largely proved unsuccessful.

Her comments followed Iran's announcement that it would start using advanced centrifuges that are prohibited under the agreement.

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

President Trump's National Security Adviser, a long-time hawk on Iran, alluded to the revelation that uranium was found at the facility in a tweet over the weekend, saying it proved Iran "may be concealing nuclear material and/or activities".

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