Vienna (AFP) – Iran is sticking to the 2015 nuclear deal with major world powers even as tensions rise with US President Donald Trump, a UN atomic watchdog report showed Friday.
Trump has vowed to “dismantle” the “disastrous” deal and has ratcheted up US sanctions, calling for Iran to be isolated and throwing his weight behind Tehran’s arch rival Saudi Arabia.
But the new International Atomic Energy Agency report, seen by AFP, showed Iran’s nuclear activities remain reduced, making any push to an atomic bomb much harder than before the agreement.
Iran’s stock of low-enriched uranium — used for peaceful purposes, but when further processed for a weapon — remained below the agreed limit of 300 kilogrammes (661 pounds), the report said.
The quarterly assessment said Iran “has not pursued the construction of the Arak… reactor” — which could give it weapons-grade plutonium — and has not enriched uranium above low purity levels.
Iran’s stock …