UN nuclear watchdog says Iran taking ‘step in right direction’

Acting Head of IAEA said Iranian engagements doesn’t mean the issues are resolved. (File/AFP)
Updated 04 October 2019

UN nuclear watchdog says Iran taking ‘step in right direction’

  • IAEA head said Iran has been engaging in questions of nuclear safeguards
  • The organization’s questions did not directly address the 2015 nuclear deal

VIENNA: The UN’s nuclear watchdog said Friday that Iran had taken “a step in the right direction” toward dealing with questions on its nuclear program but cautioned that the issues have not been “completely addressed.”
Acting head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Cornel Feruta told journalists in Vienna there had in the past few weeks been “engagement” from Iran on questions relating to its nuclear safeguards declarations to the agency.
He added that “engagement doesn’t mean that the issues are completely addressed but it’s a step in the right direction.”
Feruta said the relevant questions from the IAEA did not touch directly on the faltering 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers but rather on Iran’s separate safeguards agreement with the agency.
While the IAEA has been careful not to specify what the outstanding questions relate to, diplomatic sources in Vienna say the agency has been waiting for information from the Iranians relating to samples taken earlier this year from a warehouse near the capital Tehran.
In 2018 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accused Iran of using the site for undeclared nuclear activity.
In his remarks to journalists, Feruta did not detail what the agency’s questions related to but said the IAEA was “discussing substance” with the Iranians.


Explosion as fire breaks out at Iranian industrial complex

Updated 19 min 3 sec ago

Explosion as fire breaks out at Iranian industrial complex

  • Six storage tanks had caught fire, including the one that exploded, an Iranian official said

Iranian police are investigating after a fire broke out at an industrial complex in northeast Iran where gas condensate storage tanks are sited, one of which exploded, the Mehr news agency reported on Monday.
Javad Jahandoust, the fire chief at the Kavian Fariman industrial complex, some 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of the city of Mashhad, was quoted as saying six storage tanks had caught fire, including the one that exploded.
He said the fire was under control and there were no casualties, but police were investigating the cause.
There have been several explosions and fires around Iranian military, nuclear and industrial facilities since late June.
On Sunday, the official IRNA news agency reported a fire at a petrochemical facility in southwest Iran, which was blamed on an oil leak. There were no casualties.