Iran JCPOA implementation satisfies IAEA

The UN nuclear agency has verified Iran’s commitment to its nuclear agreement, dubbed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the P5+1 group of countries.

In its first regular report since the implementation of the JCPOA on January 16, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it “has been verifying and monitoring the implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments”, saying it was satisfied.

The report said Iran “has not pursued the construction of the existing Arak heavy water research reactor” and has “not enriched uranium” above levels authorized under JCPOA.

It noted that “all stored centrifuges and associated infrastructure have remained in storage under continuous Agency monitoring” and that there has been no accumulation of enriched uranium through research and development.

Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – the United States, France, Britain, China and Russia – plus Germany started to implement the JCPOA on January 16.

After the JCPOA went into effect, all nuclear-related sanctions imposed on Iran by the European Union, the Security Council and the US were lifted. Iran, in return, has put some limitations on its nuclear activities.

The nuclear agreement was signed on July 14, 2015 following two and a half years of intensive talks.