İrem UZUN -TDO- The United Nations nuclear watchdog announced on Friday that Iran has accumulated enriched uranium at nearly eight times the limit set out in the 2015 nuclear deal. The deal, which was also signed by Germany, France, the United Kingdom, China and Russia, promised Iran economic incentives in return for the curbs on its nuclear program. Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that as of May 20, Iran's total stockpile of low-enriched uranium amounted to 1,571.6 kilograms, up from 1,020.9 kilograms on February 19.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which has been in jeopardy ever since the United States unilaterally withdrew in 2018, set a limit of 300kg of enriched uranium in a particular compound form, which is the equivalent of 202.8kg of uranium. The IAEA reported that Iran has also been continuing to enrich uranium to a purity of 4.5 percent, higher than the 3.67 percent allowed under the JCPOA. It is also above the pact's limitations on heavy water.
The watchdog also expressed "serious concern" on Friday at Iran's failure to provide access to two sites it wants to visit in relation to possible undeclared material and activities. "The (IAEA) director general calls on Iran immediately to cooperate fully with the agency, including by providing prompt access to the locations specified," the report said.