IAEA: Iran sticks to deadline of nuclear deal with centrifuge move

January 16, 2017 16:25

VIENNA - Iran has complied with a deadline set by its landmark nuclear deal with world powers by removing hundreds of centrifuges, machines that enrich uranium, from a site buried deep inside a mountain, the UN atomic agency said on Monday.

The deal reached between six powers and Iran in 2015 stated that no more enrichment would take place at the Fordow site near the holy city of Qom for 15 years, but that Iran could keep just over 1,000 centrifuges there for other uses.Monday's announcement by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be welcome news to many diplomats who are wondering how US President-elect Donald Trump, a vocal critic of the deal, would handle any problems that might arise.

The transfer of centrifuges and other equipment from Fordow to storage at another underground enrichment site at Natanz was completed within a deadline of one year from the day the deal was put in place, Jan. 16 of last year, the IAEA said.

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