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Iran Blames Europe for Fraying JCPOA Deal

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9 Sep 2019
Iran Blames Europe for Fraying JCPOA Deal
Iran’s nuclear chief, Ali Akbar Salehi, hosted Cornel Feruta, the acting head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on a one-day visit to Tehran Sunday, taking the opportunity to tell journalists that the failure of European powers to find ways for Iran to circumvents sanctions imposed by the US had left his country with no choice but to increase the severity of its violations of the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal. Also on Sunday, details were leaked of a recent IAEA inspection at  Turquz Abad, a site Israel had previously said was being used as clandestine part of Iran’s renegade nuclear program. The leaked reports said that the IAEA had in fact found evidence that undeclared nuclear work had been conducted by the Islamic Republic at the site in violation of past commitments Iran has made. Iran has refused to answer questions by the IAEA about the origins of the radioactive particles found at the site, but a statement by the Agency on Sunday following a meeting between Feruta and Iranian officials merely said that he "stressed that these interactions (on its nuclear commitments) require full and timely cooperation by Iran." A recent IAEA report on Iran noted that its cooperation with the Agency had been unsatisfactory for some time.

"IAEA Acting Director General going to Iran just as IAEA informs its Board that #Iran may be concealing nuclear material and/or activities," US National Security Adviser John Bolton Tweeted on Saturday. "We join with other @iaeaorg Board member states eager to get a full report as soon as possible."

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In related news, the Iranian oil tanker released from Gibraltar last month because of a promise from authorities in Teheran not to violate UN sanctions on the Assad regime in Syria has in fact unloaded its cargo in Syria, according to intelligence reports leaked to the media. "The Adrian Darya oil tanker finally docked on the Mediterranean coast...and unloaded its cargo," said a laconic statement by Iran’s state news agency, which quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Musavi as saying on Sunday.

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