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World IAEA urges Iran to explain uranium particles at undeclared site

14:50  21 november  2019
14:50  21 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

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The International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ) has found uranium particles at a site in Iran that had not been declared by the Iranian authorities. A confidential report, seen by the BBC, did not say exactly where the site was. But inspectors are believed to have taken samples from a location in

The particles are understood to be the product of uranium which has been mined and undergone initial processing, but not enriched. Sources say the IAEA took samples from the site in the Turquzabad district of Tehran in the spring and that Iran has been slow in providing answers to explain the test

The UN nuclear watchdog on Thursday urged Iran to explain the presence of uranium particles at an undeclared site, as a landmark deal aimed at curbing Tehran's atomic activities threatens to collapse.

a close up of a metal pole: The IAEA says one of its inspectors was briefly prevented from leaving Iran after an incident at the Natanz enrichment plant© HO The IAEA says one of its inspectors was briefly prevented from leaving Iran after an incident at the Natanz enrichment plant

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report made public last week that its inspectors had "detected natural uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at a location in Iran not declared to the agency".

The agency's acting head Cornel Feruta said IAEA and Iranian officials would meet in Tehran next week to discuss the matter, adding that the UN body had not received any additional information.

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The United Nations' nuclear watchdog has detected uranium particles at an undeclared site in Iran , it said in its latest report on the country's nuclear programme on Monday. The report from the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ), seen by AFP

The United Nations' nuclear watchdog has detected uranium particles at an undeclared site in Iran , it said in its latest report on Sources say the IAEA took samples from the site in the Turquzabad district of Tehran in the spring and that Iran has been slow in providing answers to explain the test results.

"The matter remains unresolved... It is essential that Iran works with the agency to resolve this matter promptly," he told IAEA member states at a meeting of the agency's board of governors.

A diplomatic source told AFP that the IAEA would send a high-ranking technical delegation to Iran next week.

The particles are understood to be the product of uranium which has been mined and undergone initial processing, but not enriched.

While the IAEA has not named the site in question, diplomatic sources have previously said the agency asked Iran about a site in the Turquzabad district of Tehran where Israel has alleged secret atomic activity in the past.

Sources say the IAEA took samples from the site in the spring and that Iran has been slow in providing answers to explain the test results.

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The report from the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ), seen by AFP, says: "The agency detected natural uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at a location The IAEA added that it was "essential for Iran to continue interactions with the agency to resolve the matter as soon as possible."

The report from the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA ), seen by AFP, says: "The agency detected natural uranium particles of anthropogenic While the IAEA itself has not named the site in question, diplomatic sources have previously said the agency has been posing questions to Iran

The 2015 deal between Iran and world powers has been faltering since last year when the United States pulled out and started to reinstate punishing sanctions on Tehran, leaving the other signatories struggling to salvage the agreement.

Over the past few months, Iran has breached several parts of the deal it signed with the US as well as Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia, in which it committed to scaling back its nuclear programme in exchange for sanctions relief.

But Britain, France and Germany have said they are extremely concerned by Iran's actions in stepping up its uranium enrichment and other breaches.

Enrichment is the process that produces fuel for nuclear power plants but also, in highly extended form, the fissile core for a warhead.

On Monday, the IAEA confirmed Iran's stock of heavy water for reactors has surpassed the 130-tonne limit set under the agreement.

Heavy water is not itself radioactive but is used in nuclear reactors to absorb neutrons from nuclear fission.

Heavy water reactors can be used to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons as an alternative to enriched uranium.

The IAEA has also said one of its inspectors was briefly prevented from leaving Iran, calling her treatment "not acceptable".

Iran has cancelled the inspector's accreditation, saying she triggered a security check at the entrance gate to the Natanz enrichment plant last month.

The IAEA has disputed the Iranian account of the incident, without going into details.

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