On Tuesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency criticized the Iranian authorities for not providing explanations regarding the traces of uranium that were found in 2019 and 2020 in places not announced by the Iranian side.

The UN agency said the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency is increasingly concerned that even after two years, Iran has left four unreported sites for uranium unresolved.

Reuters comments that the actions of the International Atomic Energy Agency may complicate the resumption of negotiations on returning to the nuclear agreement with Iran. He adds that at next week’s meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Board of Governors, a resolution condemning Iran may be passed, which will make it difficult to resume talks.

Mediation negotiations between the United States and Iran were halted when new Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi took office in early August, Reuters reports. Raisi said on Saturday he was ready to resume talks, but they were not “under Western pressure”.

The 2015 nuclear deal stipulated that Iran would significantly limit its uranium enrichment, and that the international community would lift economic sanctions against the country. In 2018, then US President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the agreement and imposed new economic sanctions on Iran. Iran has also stopped complying with the restrictions imposed on it. The new US President, Joe Biden, announced his willingness to return to the treaty with Iran.

In the second half of August, France, Germany and the United Kingdom called on Iran to refrain from acting in violation of the nuclear deal. Two days before this statement, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced that Iran had begun enriching uranium to a level close to its use in the production of nuclear weapons. (PAP)

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