IAEA: UN Inspectors on Ground in Iran after Activation of Centrifuges
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said it has inspectors on the ground in Iran who will be able to look into reports that Tehran began injecting uranium gas into advanced centrifuges.
The International Atomic Energy Agency told The Associated Press Saturday it was aware of the reports “related to Iran’s centrifuge research and development.”
The Vienna-based agency said its “inspectors are on the ground in Iran and they will report any relevant activities to IAEA headquarters.”
Meantime, IAEA Acting Director-General Cornel Feruta is traveling to Iran Saturday.
The agency said he would meet Sunday with high-ranking officials in Tehran as part of what it said were its “ongoing interactions” related to its monitoring under the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. The IAEA, which issues compliance reports, meets in Vienna on Monday.
As a third step in Iran's reduction of commitments under the deal, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Saturday it has activated 20 IR-4 and 20 IR-6 centrifuges for research and development purposes.