In an agreement reached on September 12, Iran promised the IAEA to allow its inspectors to install new memory cards in surveillance cameras and to continue monitoring Iran’s nuclear activities. However, he did not make it possible at a centrifuge component plant in Karaj, the Vienna-based Atomic Energy Agency added.
“The Director General (IAEA Rafael Grossi) emphasizes that Iran’s decision not to allow the Agency access to the TESA Karaj centrifuge component production facility is in breach of the agreed provisions of the 12 September Joint Declaration,” the IAEA said.
A lasting agreement is far away
By concluding an agreement on the operation of monitoring facilities, according to Grossi’s earlier statement, the IAEA has resolved its most pressing problem with Iran, creating room for further wider diplomatic efforts. However, the director emphasized that both sides had not yet reached a lasting solution for monitoring Iran’s nuclear facilities.
Iran has increased its uranium reserves to 60 percent since May, now it has ten kilograms. It is estimated that it has over 84 kilograms of uranium enriched to 20 percent, the IAEA said in mid-September. The 2015 Nuclear Program Agreement (JCPOA), whose commitments Iran has not complied with since 2019, has set a limit of just over 202 kilograms. By failing to comply with the agreement, Tehran responded to the unilateral withdrawal of the United States in 2018 and renewed anti-Iranian sanctions.