Vienna: The UN's nuclear watchdog said Monday that Iran's stock of heavy water for reactors has surpassed the limit set under its agreement with world powers. The International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement that Iran's heavy water production plant was in operation and that its stock of heavy water reserves was 131.5 tonnes, above the 130-tonne limit. In Vienna, an IAEA spokesperson said: "On 17 November, the Agency verified that the Heavy Water Production Plant (HWPP) was in operation and that Iran's stock of heavy water was 131.5 metric tonnes." Heavy water is not itself radioactive but is used in nuclear reactors to absorb neutrons from nuclear fission. Heavy water reactors can be used to produce plutonium for nuclear weapons as an alternative to enriched uranium. It was the first time the agency has recorded a volume greater than the level agreed upon as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached in 2015 with Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia, … [Read more...] about Iran Exceeds Authorised Heavy Water Reserves in Latest Nuclear Deal Breach: IAEA
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TEHRAN: Anti-government protests in Iran have left buses and banks burned, hundreds under arrest, the Internet blocked and an unconfirmed number of people dead. That raises the question of whether the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure’’ campaign is starting to deliver. The unrest was sparked by Tehran’s decision last week to both ration and raise the price of gasoline. But there was ready tinder to be lit, consisting of the sorts of frustrations that have stoked violence around the globe in recent months, from Bolivia, Chile and Venezuela, to Hong Kong, Iraq and Lebanon. The protests, according to Afshin Molavi, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, “are the culmination of rising anger at what is perceived to be a corrupt, out-of-touch ruling class that has consistently failed to deliver on the economy or jobs amid allegations of billions of dollars of … [Read more...] about Iran Unrest Raises a Question: Is ‘Maximum Pressure’ Working?
By Lalit K Jha WASHINGTON: Following recent assertion by Tehran of its intention to resume uranium enrichment at its Fordow facility, the United States on Monday said it would withdraw its sanction waiver to Iran's facility. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday announced the US decision to end its sanction waiver for Iran's Fordow nuclear facility, terming the Tehran assertion as "one of nuclear extortion" and warning that it would only deepen Iran's political and economic isolation from the world. "The United States will terminate the sanctions waiver related to the nuclear facility at Fordow effective December 15, 2019," Pompeo told a news conference, pointing to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani's announcement of renewed activity at Fordow. "The right amount of uranium enrichment for the world's largest state sponsor of terror is zero," Pompeo told reporters at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department. Iran originally built Fordow as a fortified, … [Read more...] about Iran’s bid at nuclear extortion will deepen its political & economic isolation: Pompeo
Video PlayerClose TEHRAN, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced as "shameful" the U.S. intervention in Iranian internal affairs by supporting the rioters in the country, local media reported Tuesday. "The regime that imposes coercive economic actions and bars delivery of food and drugs to the elderly and patients, can never claim that it's supporting the Iranian nation," Zarif was quoted by the official news agency IRNA as saying. He was reacting to the remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who indicated on Saturday that Washington supports the Iranian protesters who clashed with security forces during protest against a gas price hike. Pompeo "should first answer for the announced terrorist actions and crimes against humanity and against the Iranian nation," Zarif said, referring to the suffocating sanctions on Iran restored by the U.S. since its unilateral exit from the Iranian nuclear deal in last year. "A regime that bans food … [Read more...] about Iranian FM slams “shameful” U.S. support for rioters in Iran