Iran has begun providing access to sites where there were allegations of having stored or used undeclared nuclear material, the UN’s atomic watchdog agency said Friday.

Iran PressEurope: The International Atomic Energy Agency reported in a confidential document distributed to member countries and seen by The Associated Press that inspectors had already visited one site and would visit the other this month.

It didn’t detail their findings.

According to the report, Iran continues to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium as part of its right under the 2015 nuclear accord, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iran has taken five steps in reducing compliance with the JCPOA as Iran has the right to scale back its commitments proportionate to the other parties' failure to do their part under the agreement.

The administration of US President Donald Trump unilaterally left the JCPOA in 2018 and later reinstated its sanctions against Iran in defiance of international criticism as part of its so-called maximum pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic. 

The US has since mounted pressure on Iran, forcing others to follow its suit in abandoning trade with Iran or face punitive measures by Washington.

The IAEA added in its report that as of Aug. 25, Iran had stockpiled 2,105.4 kilograms (2.32 tons) of low-enriched uranium, up from 1,571.6 kilograms (1.73 tons) last reported on May 20.

JCPOA allows Iran only to keep a stockpile of 202.8 kilograms (447 pounds).

The IAEA reported that Iran has also been continuing to enrich uranium to a purity of up to 4.5%, higher than the 3.67% allowed under the JCPOA. It said Iran’s stockpile of heavy water had decreased, however, and is now back within the JCPOA limits.

Commenting on the IAEA report, Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna Kazem Gharibabadi said on Friday that the report formally deals with the developments between the IAEA and Iran during the last three months, indicating a constructive interaction to reach a common understanding of issues and finding solutions for them.

After IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi personally visited Tehran in late August for meetings with top officials.

At the end of the trip, Iran and the UN agency issued a joint statement on agreements and the results of high-level talks between the two sides.

According to the joint statement, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Islamic Republic of Iran "agreed to further reinforce their cooperation and enhance mutual trust" to facilitate the full implementation of Iran’s Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement (CSA) and the Additional Protocol (AP) thereto.

"After intensive bilateral consultations, Iran and the IAEA reached an agreement on the resolution of the safeguards implementation issues specified by the IAEA, in good faith. In this regard, Iran is voluntarily providing the IAEA with access to the two locations specified by the IAEA and facilitating the IAEA verification activities to resolve these issues," the statement added.


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