UN nuclear watchdog 'concerned' over undeclared Iran sites
1st June, 2021
Iran and international countries are meeting in Vienna to try to save the 2015 nuclear agreement, which was abandoned by former US President Donald Trump in 2018. The UN nuclear watchdog expressed alarm on Monday that Iran had not responded to questions about suspected concealed nuclear activities, noting that its enriched uranium stockpile had beyond the limit by 16 times. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released two findings on Monday, the first substantial studies since Iran ceased certain inspections in February. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said last week that it has extended a temporary deal with Iran until June 24, allowing numerous inspections to continue. According to the source, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi is "concerned that the technical negotiations between the agency and Iran have not generated the desired outcomes," referring to talks on possible secret nuclear installations. Despite the IAEA's "proactive and determined endeavour" to "break the deadlock" over the sites, the decision was reached. The results of the IAEA's inspection activities have revealed "a clear indication that nuclear material and/or equipment contaminated by nuclear material has been present" at three undeclared locations, with the majority of the activities in issue going back to the Early 2000s. Iran has also neglected to respond to concerns about a fourth location where natural uranium may have been present in the form of a metal disc between 2002 and 2003, according to the agency.