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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) cannot judge whether Iran will choose to become only the second country, after North Korea, ever to deny its inspectors access to nuclear sites, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today. Grossi was speaking in an interview with Francois Murphy, chief correspondent of Reuters in Austria, where the IAEA is headquartered. The interview was held on the first day of the Reuters Next virtual summit that is taking place until 14 January.

Date: Tuesday, 12 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-confined-to-piecemeal-updates-from-Iran-says

Iran's latest move to increase uranium enrichment poses a nuclear proliferation risk, say the foreign ministers of the UK, France and Germany - the E3 countries. Meanwhile Iran’s ambassador to international organisations in Vienna has written to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), stressing the need for Israel's "prompt and unconditional" joining of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/E3-warn-of-risk-from-Tehran-s-latest-violation-of

Iran intends to start enriching uranium at a purity level five times that which it agreed under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). According to Fars news agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) said on 1 January: "Based on a new law passed by the Parliament, we are planning to start 20% uranium enrichment at the Fordow facility," adding that the AEOI had written to the International Atomic Energy Agency informing it of this intention.

Date: Tuesday, 05 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iran-plans-to-enrich-uranium-to-20percent

Iran has notified the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the construction at the Fordow nuclear facility, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on 21 December.

Date: Wednesday, 23 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-will-abide-by-jcpoa-if-the-us-rejoins-but-rejects-any-renegotiation-of-its-terms-8423053

International treaties governing nuclear security serve as frameworks based on shared experience, but they are not a substitute for practical and ongoing cooperation. This was one of the messages from delegates at NP1 - The Nuclear Power Conference Israel - Threats, Challenges, Opportunities.

Date: Saturday, 05 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Extending-nuclear-cooperation-to-the-Middle-East

In the wake of the assassination of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on 27 November, the Iranian parliament (Islamic Consultative Assembly) on 29 November passed a bill authorising the revival of nuclear activities that had been limited under the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Date: Tuesday, 01 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiranian-parliament-adopts-bill-to-revive-nuclear-activities-8384854

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and Finnish President Sauli Niinistö yesterday discussed the use of nuclear energy in support of climate change goals, nuclear verification and possibilities for cooperation in nuclear safety projects in the Arctic. They also discussed strengthening cooperation between Finland and the IAEA, the upcoming Tenth Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, and nuclear verification in Iran, including the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plans of Action.

Date: Friday, 27 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-highlights-role-of-nuclear-power-in-Finland

The Iranian foreign ministry’s spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on 22 November that a statement by France, Germany, and the UK (the E3) was “irresponsible”. He called on the E3 to fulfil their commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran the P5+1 group of countries (the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany) under which Iran had agreed to limit its nuclear development programme in return for the lifting of sanctions.

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-rejects-criticism-of-its-nuclear-activities-following-iaea-report-8376346

Iran has begun a new stage of uranium enrichment activities, the country’s permanent representative to international organisations in Vienna said in an interview with IRNA on 22 November. Kazem Gharibabadi said that, during the discussion of Iran at the recent meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Board of Directors, France, Germany and the UK - the E3 countries - "had expressed regret" over the USA's withdrawal in May 2018 from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) and the reimposition of economic sanctions against Iran.

Date: Wednesday, 25 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iran-enters-new-phase-of-uranium-enrichment-ambass

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has verified that Iran is feeding uranium hexafluoride (UF6) into a recently installed cascade of 174 IR-2M centrifuges at the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) in Natanz. France, Germany and the UK - the E3 - warned yesterday that Iran's further violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) were "hollowing out" core non-proliferation benefits of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Date: Friday, 20 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/E3-responds-to-latest-IAEA-Iran-verification