IAEA Voices Serious Concern over Iran Blocking Inspector Access to Sites

June 5, 2020

Author: 

Laurence Norman

Publication: 

The Wall Street Journal

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) expressed concern about Iran's cooperation and reported on the status of Iran's nuclear fuel stockpile in two reports sent IAEA member states. Iran is refusing to answer questions about its possession of a metal disk made of natural uranium, what happened to the disk, and Iran's storage of undeclared nuclear material where explosives testing related to neutral detectors took place in the early 2000s. Iran has declined to grant the IAEA access to two sites related to these concerns and has sought to destroy or sanitize both sites. In addition, the IAEA reported that Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium has grown by about uranium 50 percent since February 2020, to 1,572 kilograms. This is above the 202.8-kilogram limit stipulated by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The material has not been enriched beyond 4.5 percent.