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Iran still complying with nuclear deal, UN watchdog says

After the US unilaterally pulled out in May, Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China reaffirmed their commitment to the 2015 deal.

Iran is continuing to comply with the nuclear deal reached in 2015 with major powers even after the withdrawal of the United States, a United Nations watchdog said.

In a confidential quarterly report distributed to member states, and seen by The Associated Press, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has complied with the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

It says the agency had access to all sites in Iran that it needed to visit and that inspectors confirmed Iran has kept within limits of heavy water and low-enriched uranium stockpiles.

Timely and proactive cooperation by Iran in providing such access facilitates implementation of the additional protocol and enhance(s) confidence. IAEA

After the US unilaterally pulled out in May, Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China reaffirmed their commitment to the deal, offering economic incentives in exchange for nuclear curbs.

Since the American withdrawal and reimposition of sanctions, Iran’s economy has started to struggle and its currency has plummeted in value.

The deal limits Iran’s enrichment and stockpiling of material that could be applied to a nuclear weapons programme.

In exchange, Tehran was granted widespread relief from international trade, oil and banking sanctions.

In the report, the IAEA welcomed the cooperation received from Iran.

“Timely and proactive cooperation by Iran in providing such access facilitates implementation of the additional protocol and enhance(s) confidence,” the report stated.

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