Key moments surrounding Iran’s now-threatened nuclear deal
Iran threatened Wednesday to resume higher enrichment of uranium in 60 days if world powers fail to negotiate new terms for its 2015 nuclear deal, an agreement that capped over a decade of...
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UN nuclear watchdog: Iran stays within limits of 2015 deal
VIENNA (AP) — Iran is continuing to comply with the landmark 2015 deal with major powers aimed at preventing Tehran from building atomic weapons in exchange for economic incentives despite the...
IAEA calls on North Korea to re-admit nuclear inspectors
VIENNA (AP) — The head of the U.N.'s atomic watchdog on Thursday called on North Korea to allow inspectors back into the country to monitor its nuclear program.
Speaking at a board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Director General Yukiya Amano noted that Pyongyang had in September talked about denuclearization measures including the "permanent dismantlement of the nuclear facilities in Yongbyon" — a reactor where it produces plutonium.
IAEA urges quick plan on Fukushima radioactive water cleanup
TOKYO (AP) — Experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency urged the operator of Japan's tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant on Tuesday to urgently decide on a plan to dispose of massive amounts of treated but still radioactive water stored in tanks on the compound.
A 13-member IAEA team told reporters in Tokyo after a weeklong review that managing nearly 1 million tons of radioactive water is critical to the plant's safe and sustainable decommissioning.
UN nuclear watchdog says Iran abiding with 2015 deal limits
VIENNA (AP) — The U.N.'s nuclear watchdog said Monday that Iran is abiding by the deal reached in 2015 with major powers that aimed at preventing Tehran from building atomic weapons in exchange for economic incentives.
In a confidential quarterly report distributed to member states and reviewed by The Associated Press, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has been abiding with key limitations set in the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.
The Latest: Nuclear watchdog: Iran stays within deal limits
VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on U.N. nuclear watchdog's new report on Iran (all times local):
The U.N. atomic watchdog says Iran continues to stay within the limitations set by the nuclear deal reached in 2015 with major powers, aimed at keeping Tehran from building nuclear weapons in exchange for incentives.
Nuclear experts to test water, fish around Japan power plant
BERLIN (AP) — The International Atomic Energy Agency says it will test seawater, marine sediment and fish around Japan's wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant this month.
The Vienna-based agency said Friday that the tests aim to "support the quality assurance of radioactivity data collection and analysis by the Japanese laboratories."
IAEA experts will perform the tests Oct. 9-19. It will be the eighth time the agency has performed such tests since 2014.
IAEA says Iran continues to meet nuclear obligations
VIENNA (AP) — Iran continues to comply with the nuclear deal reached in 2015 with major powers even after the withdrawal of the United States, the United Nations' atomic watchdog said Thursday in a confidential report.
In the quarterly report distributed to member states and seen by The Associated Press, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has stayed with key limitations set in the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.
VIENNA (AP) — The head of the United Nations' nuclear watchdog says the agency could resume work in North Korea "within weeks" to verify any possible agreement between Washington and Pyongyang.
Plans are advancing for a June 12 nuclear weapons summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya Amano said Monday that the agency would be ready "promptly" to undertake any activities requested of it.
BERLIN (AP) — Iran appears to be complying with a 2015 deal with major powers that was meant to stop it from developing nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, the United Nations nuclear watchdog said Thursday.
The United States pulled out of the pact earlier this month, and wants to impose tough sanctions on Iran, while European powers and Tehran say they are committed to keep working together to save the deal.
Key moments surrounding Iran’s now-threatened nuclear deal
President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he will pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear deal, a 2015 agreement that capped over a decade of hostility between Tehran and the West over its atomic program.
Here's a timeline of major events over that timespan:
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel says the nuclear treaty with Iran should be preserved, but urged Israel to quickly share the purported new intelligence about Tehran's nuclear program with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Merkel says related issues can be discussed "in addition" to the nuclear accord, citing Tehran's influence in Syria, its ballistic missile program and what happens after parts of the 2015 treaty expire.
JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israel's allegations that Iran concealed a nuclear weapons program before signing a deal with world powers in 2015 (all times local):
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says the International Atomic Energy Agency should quickly follow up on allegations by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who claims that Iranian leaders covered up a nuclear weapons program before signing a deal with world powers in 2015.
For several years, we’ve heard a great deal about the Iran nuclear deal, formally named the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Iran signed the Treaty on Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons in 1968. Its nuclear facilities have been inspected by the International Atomic Energy Agency since 1974. As an NPT signatory, Iran is permitted to enrich uranium and reprocess spent fuel as long as no material is used for weapons.
UN agency report shows Iran meeting nuclear commitments
VIENNA (AP) — The United Nations agency monitoring Iran's compliance with a landmark nuclear treaty issued a report Monday certifying that the country is keeping its end of the deal that U.S. President Donald Trump claims Tehran has violated repeatedly.
The International Atomic Energy Agency report stopped short of declaring that Iran is honoring its obligations, in keeping with its official role as an impartial monitor of the restrictions the treaty placed on Tehran's nuclear programs.
France committed to Iran nuclear deal despite Trump decision
PARIS (AP) — France has reaffirmed its support for the Iran nuclear deal following the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump to no longer back it in its current form.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves le Drian said Thursday after a meeting in Paris with head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Yukiya Amano, that the deal "remains valid despite the decision of the president of the United States not to certify its implementation."
Trump: Fate of Iran nuclear deal hangs on tough UN policing
VIENNA (AP) — U.S. President Donald Trump warned Monday that Washington will walk away from a nuclear deal it agreed to with Iran and five other nations if it deems that the International Atomic Energy Agency is not tough enough in monitoring it.
Iran, however, said the greatest threat to the nuclear agreement is U.S. hostility.
The warning from Trump came in a message to the U.N. agency's annual meeting, being held in Vienna, that was read by U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry.
UN atomic chief says Iran meeting terms of nuclear deal
VIENNA (AP) — The head of the U.N. agency monitoring Iran's compliance with nuclear deal said Monday that Tehran is implementing the agreement — but says the ultimate judgment on compliance with the deal rests with the six world powers that signed the pact with the Islamic Republic.
AP Interview: Trump yet to call UN atomic chief on Iran deal
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the United Nations' atomic agency said Tuesday the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump has yet to be in touch with him or others about their criticism of the Iran nuclear deal.
Yukiya Amano, the director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, told The Associated Press that his organization was "in constant touch" with the U.S., but had yet to hear from the new administration on their concerns.
Iran, 6 powers make public restricted nuke deal documents
VIENNA (AP) — In an unusual move, Iran and six world powers on Friday released previously restricted documents about their nuclear deal to enforce their view that Tehran is not circumventing limits on its limit of enriched uranium, which could be used to make nuclear weapons.
Head of UN nuclear watchdog visits Iran
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog is visiting Iran for the second time since a landmark nuclear agreement with world powers went into effect at the start of this year.
Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said Sunday it is very important for Iran to fully implement the agreement.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would abide by the deal if other nations do as well, and said IAEA reports should be "technical and impartial."
Iran says UN atomic agency chief to visit Tehran again
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's top nuclear official says the head of the U.N. nuclear watchdog will visit Iran later this month.
Ali Akbar Salehi told state TV on Tuesday that Yukiya Amano of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency has expressed interest in visiting Iran before the end of current year and that "we welcomed it."
UN atomic agency chief urges Iran to honor nuclear deal
VIENNA (AP) — The head of the U.N. atomic energy agency is urging Iran to keep its commitments under a nuclear deal meant to slow its ability to make nuclear arms, after it recently breached one its obligations.
Yukiya Amano of the International Atomic Energy Agency referred to last week's IAEA finding that Iran overstepped limits on the amount of heavy water it is allowed to possess for the second time since the agreement's implementation in January.
UN sees small but significant Iranian nuke deal violation
VIENNA (AP) — The United Nations agency monitoring the nuclear pact between Iran and six world powers said Wednesday that Iran is in violation of the deal meant to curb its ability to make atomic arms by storing marginally more heavy water than the agreement allows.
Heavy water is a concern because it is used to cool reactors that can produce substantial amounts of plutonium. That, in turn, can be applied to making the fissile core of nuclear warheads.
Intl experts allowed to visit Belarus’ new nuclear station
MINSK, Belarus (AP) — Belarus says it will use the recommendations of 20 International Atomic Energy Agency experts who visited the construction site of the country's first atomic plant.
Belarus' first atomic plant is located only 50 kilometers (31 miles) away from the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius, making Lithuania nervous about nuclear safety. In July, workers preparing to install the Russian-made reactor let it fall to the ground.
Iran to IAEA: West needs to normalize economic relations
VIENNA (AP) — Iran's delegation to the International Atomic Energy Agency says Western nations need to normalize relations with his country, saying Tehran has been living up to its end of a deal meant to crimp the country's ability to make atomic weapons.
Iranian representative Reza Najafi noted Wednesday the United Nations agency monitoring the nuclear pact between Iran and six world powers earlier this month reported no violations of the deal.
IAEA chief: NKorea nuclear test violation of UN resolutions
VIENNA (AP) — The head of the International Atomic Energy Agency says North Korea's fifth nuclear test is a "clear violation" of United Nations Security Council resolutions.
Yukiya Amano, opening the IAEA board of governors meeting in Vienna on Monday, called for North Korea to allow the return of inspectors, who were last there in April 2009.
He says "we keep on training them, updating the verification plan, and we can send them back in short notice."
EU demands Iran disclose details of nuclear parts making
BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — The European Union is demanding that Iran share with the U.N. atomic agency full details of its manufacture of parts for machines that could be used to make the core of nuclear arms, in a statement reflecting its concern over the sensitive issue.
UN nuclear report notes Iran is making sensitive parts
VIENNA (AP) — The United Nations agency monitoring the nuclear pact between Iran and six world powers reported Thursday that it has found no violations of the deal meant to crimp Tehran's ability to make atomic arms.
Iran’s FM extolls country’s ability to restore nuke program
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's foreign minister on Tuesday extolled the country's ability to bring its nuclear program back on track as limits on the landmark 15-year accord between Tehran and world powers ease in the coming years.
Mohammad Javad Zarif said a document, submitted by Iran to the International Atomic Energy Agency and outlining plans to expand Iran's uranium enrichment program, is a "matter of pride."
He said it was created by Iran's "negotiators and...