IAEA Confirms Iran's Commitment to JCPOA

Yukiya AmanoYukiya Amano

The International Atomic Energy Agency has once again confirmed Iran's commitment to a landmark nuclear agreement Tehran signed with six world powers last year.

"Iran continues to implement its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action," IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said in an introductory statement to the agency's Board of Governors in Vienna on Monday, using the official title of the nuclear deal, Press TV reported.

He noted that his report on the Islamic Republic of Iran based on United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 summarizes the verification and monitoring activities conducted by the UN nuclear agency in the last few months. The IAEA chief said Iran has submitted its declarations under the Additional Protocol, which Tehran is applying provisionally, pending its entry into force.

"The agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement," he said.

Amano further said the IAEA would continue to evaluate the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran.

In a quarterly report on Iran on September 8, the IAEA confirmed Iran's commitment to the nuclear agreement reached between the Islamic Republic and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council—the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia—plus Germany on July 14, 2015.

The UN nuclear agency, which is tasked with overseeing the implementation of JCPOA, said Tehran has not exceeded the limits set in the accord on its low-enriched uranium and heavy water stockpile.

Under the accord, which took effect in January, Iran undertook to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Tehran.

The deal requires Iran's storage of uranium enriched to 3.67% purity to stay below 300 kilograms. Tehran has also agreed to keep its heavy water stockpile below 130 tons.

Since January, the IAEA has released regular reports confirming the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear activities and its commitment to the agreement.

In April, the IAEA director general hailed Iran for respecting the nuclear pact, saying Tehran has even gone beyond its obligations.