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Iran Sticks to Nuclear Limit Even As U.S. Oil Sanctions Bite

(Bloomberg) – Iran continued abiding at nuclear limits in its landmark accord with world powers even after U.S. President Donald…

(Bloomberg) – Iran continued abiding at nuclear limits in its landmark accord with world powers even after U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned the agreement, according to international monitors.

In its first report since the U.S. re-imposed oil and banking sanctions on Nov. 5, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran is still allowing intrusive inspections while keeping its nuclear capacity and material below thresholds allowed under the July 2015 deal, according to a 5-page restricted report published Monday and seen by Bloomberg News.

The IAEA uitgevoerd snapinspecties “naar alle sites en locaties in Iran die het nodig had om te bezoeken,” aldus de kwartaalverslag. “The agency continues to verify the non-diversion of declared nuclear material. Evaluaties betreffende de afwezigheid van ontdeclared nucleair materiaal en activiteiten voor Iran bleef doorlopend. “

While the U.S. Beslutningen om at slippe ud af den fælles omfattende plan for handling mellem Teheran og verdensmakterne har begyndt at bide Iran’s økonomi, de andre lande, der sluttede sig til aftalen – Frankrig, Tyskland, Storbritannien, Rusland og Kina – alle har vowed at stå ved it.

Countries including China, India and South Korea won waivers from the US To continue importing Iranian oil, although the State Department maintains they must continue to reduce volumes. The European Union is trying to develop a “special purpose vehicle” to keep financial transactions flowing. Een reactor upgrade beloofd onder de kernovereenkomst is ook doorgaan met U.S. acquiescence.

“The U.S. Ellie Geranmayeh, a senior fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations, said by phone on Monday. “Iran will assess the new cost-benefit analysis of staying in the deal.”

While U.S. Iran has continued to meet its nuclear obligations under the accord – which capped the capacity and production of materials that could be used in weapons in return for sanctions relief – they accuse Tehran’s government of continuing its ballistic missile program and of meddling

The IAEA Report Also Says:

Iran has operated no more than 5,060 centrifuges at its Natanz enrichment plant. Uranium has not exceeded the 3.7 percent limit on enrichment purity. Weapons-grade uranium is 90 percent enriched. The low-enriched uranium stockpile has not exceeded 300 kilograms (662 pounds) .IAEA inspectors have installed automated, real-time enrichment monitoring in Iran that records, measures and stores changes in activity. The IAEA Board of Governors will convene on Nov. 22 in Vienna to deliberate the latest findings.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Tirone in Vienna at [email protected]

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Reed Landberg at [email protected], Larry Liebert, Bill Faries

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