US accuses Iran of 'possible undeclared nuclear activities'


The IAEA also confirmed that Iran is installing centrifuges prepared for testing with uranium hexafluoride, or UF6, the feedstock for centrifuges.

Daryl Kimball, executive director of the Arms Control Association, a non-governmental organization in Washington, said that the United States and Israel should recognize that IAEA access in Iran came thanks to the 2015 nuclear accord. He also said this claim could goad the USA president into conflict with Tehran.

Criticism of Iran from Washington was prompted by a meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors on September 9 where IAEA Acting Director Cornel Feruta said he has informed Iranian officials during a recent visit to Tehran about the importance of "full and timely" cooperation with United Nations nuclear inspectors.

Earlier Monday, China - a signatory to the JCPOA along with France, Germany, Britain and Russian Federation - called on the United States to "give up its wrong approach such as unilateral sanctions and extreme pressure against Iran".

Iran says the mechanism has not been able to "practically" offset the impact of US sanctions on Iran's economy, not to mention the USA dismissal of French-led efforts to provide Tehran with a 15 billion-U.S. dollar economic lifeline.

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Brian Hook, the USA special representative for Iran, said last week more sanctions against Iran were coming and the United States was committed to its campaign of "maximum pressure".

Iran has given another two months to the European signatories to take meaningful action to save the JCPOA as a France-led diplomatic process is underway between the two sides. They make an announcement; the next thing you know, they're spinning centrifuges at higher and higher enrichment rates. "In this site, Iran conducted experiments to develop nuclear weapons", Netanyahu said, adding that it was south of Iranian city of Isfahan.

Rouhani said that any negotiations with the United States would be possible within the framework of P5+1 and only after the United States lifts all sanctions against Iran. "We have no plans for bilateral talks with the USA and have never had", he added.

Macron proposed a summit between Trump and the Iranian leadership, a prospect that sparked interest from the mogul-turned-president but which is adamantly opposed by Netanyahu, who is facing elections next week and sees Iran as an existential threat.