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E3 dispute Tehran's justification for uranium enrichment

E3 dispute Tehran's justification for uranium enrichment

Iran has no credible civilian use for uranium metal and must reverse its latest move towards increased enrichment, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK - the E3 countries - said on 16 January. In response, the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran said it wanted the International Atomic Energy Agency to "avoid mentioning unnecessary details".

Regulation & Safety 19 January 2021


IAEA confined to 'piecemeal' updates from Iran, says Grossi

IAEA confined to 'piecemeal' updates from Iran, says Grossi

The International Atomic Energy Agency cannot judge whether Iran will choose to become only the second country, after North Korea, ever to deny its inspectors access to nuclear sites, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today. Grossi was speaking in an interview with Francois Murphy, chief correspondent of Reuters in Austria, where the IAEA is headquartered. The interview was held on the first day of the Reuters Next virtual summit that is taking place until 14 January.

Regulation & Safety 11 January 2021


E3 warn of risk from Iran's uranium enrichment

E3 warn of risk from Iran's uranium enrichment

Iran's latest move to increase uranium enrichment poses a nuclear proliferation risk, say the foreign ministers of the UK, France and Germany - the E3 countries. Meanwhile Iran’s ambassador to international organisations in Vienna has written to the International Atomic Energy Agency, stressing the need for Israel's "prompt and unconditional" joining of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.

Regulation & Safety 07 January 2021


Iran plans to enrich uranium to 20%

Iran plans to enrich uranium to 20%

Iran intends to start enriching uranium at a purity level five times that which it agreed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. According to Fars news agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran said on 1 January: "Based on a new law passed by the Parliament, we are planning to start 20% uranium enrichment at the Fordow facility," adding that the AEOI had written to the International Atomic Energy Agency informing it of this intention.

Regulation & Safety 04 January 2021


Iran enters new phase of uranium enrichment, ambassador says

Iran enters new phase of uranium enrichment, ambassador says

Iran has begun a new stage of uranium enrichment activities, the country’s permanent representative to international organisations in Vienna said in an interview with IRNA on 22 November. Kazem Gharibabadi said that, during the discussion of Iran at the recent meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Directors, France, Germany and the UK - the E3 countries - "had expressed regret" over the USA's withdrawal in May 2018 from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the reimposition of economic sanctions against Iran.

Regulation & Safety 24 November 2020


E3 responds to latest IAEA verification of Iran

E3 responds to latest IAEA verification of Iran

The International Atomic Energy Agency has verified that Iran is feeding uranium hexafluoride into a recently installed cascade of 174 IR-2M centrifuges at the Fuel Enrichment Plant in Natanz. France, Germany and the UK - the E3 - warned yesterday that Iran's further violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action were "hollowing out" core non-proliferation benefits of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Regulation & Safety 19 November 2020


EU reiterates support for JCPoA, expresses concern

EU reiterates support for JCPoA, expresses concern

The European Union has expressed its "resolute commitment to and continued support for" the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in a statement to the International Atomic Energy Agency's Board of Governors. It expressed concern about Iran's continued accumulation of low enriched uranium in excess of JCPoA thresholds.

Nuclear Policies 18 November 2020


Grossi highlights IAEA's activities for UN General Assembly

Grossi highlights IAEA's activities for UN General Assembly

Addressing the United Nations General Assembly for the first time since his appointment as director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Rafael Mariano Grossi spoke of the global impact of COVID-19 and climate change, as well as of the role of nuclear technologies in tackling these and other development challenges.

Regulation & Safety 12 November 2020


Iranian parliament orders increase in uranium enrichment

Iranian parliament orders increase in uranium enrichment

The Iranian parliament yesterday approved a bill requiring the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran to produce at least 120 kg of 20% enriched uranium annually at the Fordow nuclear site, FARS news agency reports. AEOI is required to start this process within two months and store the enriched uranium inside the country.

Nuclear Policies 04 November 2020


European Commission reassures Iran of commitment to nuclear deal

European Commission reassures Iran of commitment to nuclear deal

The lifting of economic sanctions against Iran remains an essential part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) and its signatories are committed to expanding the special purpose vehicle that enables European businesses to maintain trade with the country, according to the European Commission's foreign affairs spokesperson Peter Stano.

Regulation & Safety 23 October 2020