France, Germany, UK and USA jointly condemned the recent finding by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the secret modification of nuclear facilities in Iran for the production of highly enriched uranium and accused the Iranian regime of raising the risk of nuclear proliferation.
Through a statement, the governments of the four countries maintained that the change “is incompatible” with the Iran’s obligations under the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
“These centrifuges produce highly enriched uranium up to 60 percent and they are located in the Fordo enrichment plant”, recalled the Western countries, affirming that the development by Iran “does not have any credible civil justification”.
In this sense, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States affirmed that failure to report undermines the IAEA’s ability to to maintain “timely detection at Iran’s nuclear facilities.”
“The recently reported change in the configuration of centrifugal cascades used to produce close-weapons-grade uranium underscores the need for Iran to comply with all of its safeguards reporting obligations and to accept any recommendations made by the IAEA that it deems necessary,” reads in the joint letter.
The four nations expressed that Iran’s actions are ‘even more worrying’” since it would have stopped the implementation of its commitments on transparency and verification under the international agreement on the nuclear program signed in 2015.
“We call on Iran to comply with all its international obligations legally binding under its Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement with the IAEA and to fully cooperate with the Agency in applying effective safeguards at Fordo.
The IAEA found an unannounced facility for the production of highly enriched uranium in the nuclear power plant from the village of Fordo, south of Tehran, where the enrichment machines had been “significantly” modified since November.
The director of the IAEA had already denounced that Iran Approaching 90 Percent Enrichment Levelnecessary to produce nuclear weaponsdespite the fact that members of the Iranian regime have insisted for years that they do not want to develop nuclear weapons.
For his part, he Iran regime alleged an “error” by an inspector of the IAEAafter receiving a notice for an undeclared technical modification in its nuclear program.
“An inspector from the agency inadvertently reported that Iran had made changes to the mode of operation at the enrichment plant (…) without notifying it before,” said the spokesman for the Iranian atomic energy entity, behruz kamalvandiquoted by the official news agency irna.
Tehran had given the “explanations” to the experts and “the inspector in question realized his mistake,” he said.
“After coordination with the secretary of the agency, the issue is resolved,” Kamalvandi said.
“If Mr. Grossi made this statement, I think his information was not updated,” insisted Kamalvandi. The Iranian agency had already responded to a letter from the IAEA about this case, he added.
(With information from Europa Press and AFP)
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