UN nuclear watchdog criticizes Iran for overstepping deal limit

By REUTERS
November 17, 2016 14:15

 
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VIENNA - Iran must stop repeatedly overstepping a limit on its stock of a sensitive material set by its landmark deal with major powers, the UN nuclear watchdog said on Thursday.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is policing the deal, said in a report last week that Iran had slightly exceeded the 130-tonne soft limit on its stock of heavy water for a second time since the deal was put in place in January.

Officials from the six other countries that signed the deal, including the United States, have expressed frustration over the breach and said the limit should be seen as firm.

Iran's overstepping of the 130-tonne threshold also raises questions about how US President-elect Donald Trump - who has strongly criticized the deal and said he will "police that contract so tough they (the Iranians) don't have a chance" - would handle any similar case once he takes office.

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