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In the wake of suspected sabotage at Iran’s Natanz enrichment facility on 11 April, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi in a letter to the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi on 13 April announced that Iran would start the uranium enrichment at the level of 60%. 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) Iran agreed to limit its nuclear development in return for the lifting of sanctions. Under the JCPOA, Iran had committed to keep enrichment to 3.67%. However, after former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions in 2018, Iran began reviving its nuclear programme and had increased its enrichment level to 20% in January.

Date: Friday, 16 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-steps-up-nuclear-activity-following-attack-on-its-natanz-facility-8673087

The Atomic Energy Organisation Iran (AEOI) said on 19 March that it will cold test its redesigned Arak nuclear reactor as a prelude to fully commissioning it later in the year. AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told ISNA that the cold testing, which usually includes the initial startup of fluid systems and support systems, will take place early in the Iranian New Year that begins this Sunday. “In other words, we have advanced work in the field of fuel, storage, etc,” Kamalvandi said.

Date: Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-plans-cold-tests-of-arak-reactor-8616753

The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) has announced plans to install 1000 new IR2M centrifuge machines at the Natanz nuclear site in the next three months, AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told reporters gathered for Parliamentary Speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf’s visit to the Fordow plant yesterday. According to the Fars news agency, Kamalvandi said Iran is enriching uranium using 100% indigenous technology.

Date: Saturday, 30 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iran-plans-centrifuge-expansion

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

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

The Iranian parliament yesterday approved a bill requiring the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) to produce at least 120 kg of 20% enriched uranium annually at the Fordow nuclear site, FARS news agency reports. AEOI is required to start this process within two months and store the enriched uranium inside the country.

Date: Saturday, 07 November 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Iranian-parliament-orders-increase-in-uranium-enri

The IAEA continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement, and evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities continue, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of IAEA General Conference. 

Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-is-fair-and-firm-with-Iran-says-Grossi

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran have 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, which is provisionally applied by Iran since 16 January 2016,” according to a joint statement issued on 26 August.

Date: Friday, 28 August 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-and-iaea-reaffirm-cooperation-8105749

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Iran said today they had agreed to "further reinforce their cooperation and enhance mutual trust" to facilitate the full implementation of Iran’s Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and the Additional Protocol thereto, which has been provisionally applied by Iran since 16 January, 2016.

Date: Thursday, 27 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-Iran-agree-on-access-to-nuclear-sites

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), has described his talks with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Rafael Grossi as "constructive". Grossi is in Tehran today and tomorrow to discuss access for IAEA inspectors to Iran's nuclear sites.

Date: Wednesday, 26 August 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-Iran-talks-constructive-says-Salehi