IAEA chief affirms Iran is complying with 2015 nuclear deal

The UN atomic agency chief on Monday affirmed Iran’s commitment to a 2015 nuclear deal, in a statement that came as US President Donald Trump said Tehran was not living up to the “spirit” of the agreement. “I can state that the nuclear-related commitments undertaken by Iran under the (nuclear agreement) are being implemented,” International Atomic Energy Agency chief Yukiya Amano said in prepared remarks during a conference in Rome. An IAEA report released last month had also affirmed Iran’s compliance with the programme, which froze some of Tehran’s nuclear activities. Iran’s stock of low-enriched uranium — used for peaceful purposes, but when further processed for a weapon — did not exceed the agreed limit of 300 kg, the report said. It added that Iran “has not pursued the construction of the Arak reactor” — which could give it weapons-grade plutonium — and has not enriched uranium above low purity levels. — AFP