Iran has settled some of the issues raised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its nuclear program, Iranian media said Tuesday, May 30, a few days before a meeting of the UN gendarme in Vienna.
Tehran claims, according to these media, to have provided guarantees on the problem of the presence of nuclear material on the undeclared site of Marivan, in the south of the country.
"Improving trade" with the IAEA
In 2022, the IAEA issued a report on "unresolved" issues regarding the presence of nuclear material at three undeclared sites: Marivan, Varamin and Turquzabad, south of Tehran. "With the improvement of exchanges between Iran and the IAEA ... the issue related to one of the alleged sites has been resolved," Fars news agency and other media reported, citing "informed sources." "This concludes the agency's investigation" into the Marivan site, located near the locality of Abadeh, the agency added.
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The IAEA Board of Governors is due to meet next week in Vienna to take stock of Iran's nuclear program, accused by some countries of wanting to acquire the atomic bomb, which Tehran has always denied. During the last meeting, in March, Iran had escaped a new Council resolution thanks to "concrete agreements" reached a few days earlier during a visit by IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi to Tehran. Iran has since claimed to have settled the issue of detecting uranium particles enriched to 83.7 percent, a level close to the threshold for making an atomic bomb, at the site of the underground Fordo plant. In addition, a "number of cameras" have been "installed on one of the nuclear sites" but they are currently "not connected", report the media.
Tehran publicly says it is in favor of resuming negotiations to revive the international agreement signed in 2015. Known by the acronym JCPOA, the deal limited Iran's atomic activities in exchange for a lifting of international sanctions. But it has been deadlocked since President Donald Trump's unilateral withdrawal of the United States in 2018.