According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has nearly tripled its stockpile of enriched uranium since November, despite the agreement it had made in the disastrous nuclear deal from which President Trump had withdrawn, but countries that remained signatories still believe in.
The International Atomic Energy Agency stated that as of Feb. 19, Iran’s total stockpile of low-enriched uranium reached 1,020.9 kilograms compared to 372.3 kilograms as noted in its last report on Nov. 3, 2019, ABC News reported, adding, “The current stockpile puts Iran within reach of the amount needed to produce a nuclear weapon, which it insists it does not want to do.”
Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia are still signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal, aka the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which permits Iran to amass no more than 202.8 kilograms.
Additionally, IAEA declared there were three locations in Iran where the country may have stored undeclared nuclear material or undertook nuclear-related activities but not revealed that data to international observers. ABC News pointed out, “It said it had sent questions to Iran in three separate letters but received no answers.”
Six months before President Trump withdrew from the JCPOA, he noted:
The Iranian regime has committed multiple violations of the agreement … The Iranian regime has also intimidated international inspectors into not using the full inspection authorities that the agreement calls for. Iranian officials and military leaders have repeatedly claimed they will not allow inspectors onto military sites, even though the international community suspects some of those sites were part of Iran’s clandestine nuclear weapons program.
By its own terms, the Iran Deal was supposed to contribute to “regional and international peace and security.” And yet, while the United States adheres to our commitment under the deal, the Iranian regime continues to fuel conflict, terror, and turmoil throughout the Middle East and beyond. Importantly, Iran is not living up to the spirit of the deal.
Bloomberg News reported on Tuesday:
A suggestion that Iran could be providing incomplete information has potentially serious consequences. The entire international apparatus of rules that the IAEA enforces is based on verifying the correctness and completeness of nations’ declared nuclear material and nuclear-related activities. The IAEA’s findings could make it more difficult for the remaining parties to the deal — China, France, Germany, Russia and the U.K. — to resuscitate the landmark agreement. They pledged support last week for what they continue to describe as one of the world’s “key non-proliferation projects.”
IAEA chief Rafael Grossi told AFP on Tuesday: “Iran must decide to cooperate in a clearer manner with the agency to give the necessary clarifications. The fact that we found traces (of uranium) is very important. That means there is the possibility of nuclear activities and material that are not under international supervision and about which we know not the origin or the intent. That worries me,” as the Jerusalem Post reported.
The Arms Control Association has stated Iran requires roughly 1,050 kilograms of low-enriched uranium and enriching it to 90% purity to create weapons. It states that the JCPOA requires Iran to cap its uranium enrichment for 15 years at 3.67%. ABC News noted, “Prior to the nuclear deal, Iran enriched its uranium up to 20%, which is just a short technical step away from weapons-grade levels of 90%.”
The countries still party to the nuclear deal reiterated their support for the Iran nuclear deal as recently as late February. A website associated with the European Union stated of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, “All participants reaffirmed the importance of preserving the agreement recalling that it is a key element of the global nuclear non-proliferation architecture.”