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The US Senate has unanimously voted to approve legislation banning the import of enriched uranium from Russia. The Prohibiting Russian Uranium Imports Act must be signed by President Biden before becoming law. It would bar US imports 90 days after enactment while permitting temporary waivers until January 2028. The House of Representatives adopted a similar bill by voice vote in December 2023. However, the legislation was stalled for some time in the Senate due to unrelated political differences.

Date: Friday, 03 May 2024
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-senate-passes-act-banning-imports-of-russian-enriched-uranium-11733166

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi has called for the Iranian government to reconsider the decision which affects the planning and conducting of nuclear safeguards verification activities.

Date: Tuesday, 19 September 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iran-withdraws-further-IAEA-inspector-designations

A new assessment released by US intelligence concludes that Iran is boosting its nuclear capabilities but is not pursuing the development of nuclear weapons. According to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence’s assessment, Iran has “undertaken research and development activities that would bring it closer to producing the fissile material needed” to produce a nuclear weapon. However, despite accelerating its nuclear programme since 2020, it is still not yet capable of producing a weapon. “Iran is not currently undertaking the key nuclear weapons-development activities that would be necessary to produce a testable nuclear device,” the assessment notes.

Date: Saturday, 15 July 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-intelligence-says-iran-is-not-developing-nuclear-weapons-11007110

Iran has resolved two outstanding inquiries from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) related to the presence of highly enriched uranium (HEU) particles at several sites. The confidential quarterly report by the IAEA, which is routinely leaked to the press, said inspectors no longer had questions on uranium particles found to be enriched to 83.7% at its underground Fordow facility. This had resulted in tension for the past several months although some resolution was achieved in March following a visit to Tehran by IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi. Iran had insisted at that time that those particles were a by-product of its current enrichment as particles can reach higher enrichment levels in fluctuations. “The agency informed Iran that, following its evaluation of the data, the agency had assessed that the information provided was not inconsistent with Iran’s explanation ... and that the agency had no further questions on this matter at this stage,” the report said.

Date: Wednesday, 07 June 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-resolves-some-outstanding-issues-with-iran-10918237

Iran’s capacity to enrich uranium has doubled since Iran began its nuclear development programme, the Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami has told a recent meeting of Iranian lawmakers. Eslami praised parliament for passing the “Strategic Action Plan to Lift Sanctions and Protect Iranian Nation’s Interests” in December 2020, saying the law had contributed to the development of Iran’s nuclear industry.

Date: Wednesday, 21 December 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-welcomes-increase-in-uranium-enrichment-capacity-10451635

EU Foreign Policy Chief Josef Borrell said during a recent visit to Tehran that the Vienna talks will resume with the aim of reinstating the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). He made the comments at a joint press conference following talks with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian. Under the JCPOA between Iran the P5+1 group of countries (the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany) Iran agreed to limit its nuclear development in return for the lifting of sanctions. After former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions in 2018, Iran began to gradually roll back on the restrictions imposed by the JCPOA after the European parties to the agreement failed to put any measures in place to mitigate those sanctions.

Date: Tuesday, 28 June 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-talks-set-to-resume-9802344

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi attended the World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting in Davos on 24 and 25 May. Nuclear provides the opportunity for a faster transition to a low-carbon energy future and supports the shift to a hydrogen economy, he told participants. In an opinion piece on the WEF website, Grossi said that nuclear is gaining increasing support in the battle against climate change, that reaching net-zero carbon emissions will require a doubling of nuclear capacity, and that technology such as small modular reactors (SMRs) and used fuel repositories are increasing nuclear accessibility and safety.

Date: Friday, 27 May 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaeas-grossi-at-davos-discusses-nuclear-power-iran-and-ukraine-9729661

The US Biden Administration on 4 February restored a number of sanctions waivers for Iran in the run up to the final weeks of negotiations to reinstate the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Date: Wednesday, 09 February 2022
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsus-restores-some-sanction-waivers-on-iran-9467573

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on 18 August that Iran’s nuclear programme and activities were fully in line with the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and its Safeguards commitments. Khatibzadeh noted in a statement that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has been supervising Iran’s nuclear activities and that Tehran had notified the IAEA of its measures in advance.

Date: Friday, 20 August 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-says-nuclear-developments-do-not-violate-npt-or-safeguards-commitments-9012352

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