Atomic Energy Agency: Inspections of nuclear facilities in Iran are doing well
International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) chief Yukiya Amano said on Thursday that UN nuclear inspectors had no problems in verifying whether Iran was committed to restrictions, including a ban on nuclear weapons projects.

Yukiya Amano reiterated today that Iran is fulfilling its obligations under the nuclear agreement signed with the major powers, despite US concerns over the effectiveness of inspections in the Islamic Republic.

The United States is particularly concerned about a specific part of the international agreement signed in 2015 to curb Iran's nuclear program, and Iran has vowed to agree that it will not conduct research on nuclear warheads.

The United States is concerned that the so-called "T" is too vague because it does not include specific monitoring rules, so Iran may object to inspections of possible weapons development work. "The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is monitoring and verifying all nuclear weapons obligations under [the 2015 agreement], which includes section T," Amano stressed.

"At this stage I have no concerns I need to raise," Amano told a news conference on the sidelines of a meeting of the IAEA board. "There are some misunderstandings" with Washington over the nuclear deal Iran has concluded with the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said. Amano said he used his recent visit to Washington to try to resolve these differences with policymakers and lawmakers. US President Donald Trump threatened last month that his country could withdraw from the agreement signed in 2015 and led to a reduction in the pace of Tehran's nuclear program and placed under the close supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Trump claims that Iran has forced the agency to visit certain facilities and that the 2015 agreement will not be enough to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Trump wants to renegotiate the deal to tighten it for Iran, but other countries (Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China) have not been willing to do so. "The nuclear commitments that Iran has made are being implemented," Amano said at the opening of the quarterly meeting of the IAEA board of governors in Vienna. "Until today, the agency has reached all the sites we needed to visit." However, he noted that Tehran must convert the strict set of inspection rules into law. Currently, the rules are implemented on a temporary basis.

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