U.N. watchdog says Iran abiding by 2015 nuclear deal

Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and former German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel meet in Tehran

Iran's Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and former German foreign minister Sigmar Gabriel meet in Tehran

The International Atomic Energy Agency will issue its latest quarterly assessment Monday.

Iran has continued to implement the main nuclear restrictions set by its 2015 deal with major powers, a quarterly United Nations watchdog report shows, though several items were verified shortly before reimposed US sanctions took effect.

But that will become trickier, as USA sanctions take effect.

The report said that as of Nov 4, Iran's stockpiles of low-enriched uranium stood at 149.4kg, 10kg up from the time of its last report in August.

The IAEA said it was able to access each of Iran's nuclear sites and verify that Iran has stayed within the limits set by the pact.

"There is nothing that indicates that Iranian cooperation or the Iranian attitude has changed since the 5th of November", the senior diplomat stated.

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However, this is still well within the limits set by the JCPOA.

Iran sold 700,000 barrels of crude oil to private companies for export in a second round of sales aimed at countering USA sanctions on the country's exports, oil ministry news website SHANA reported.

Those have already fallen by up to one million barrels a day since May, when US President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA, branding it a "disaster".

Larijani, who on Monday received former German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Tehran, said he "highly values" the burgeoning economic cooperation seen between Iran and the European Union in recent months.

The other signatories to the deal - Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China - are continuing to try and make it work.

The US reimposed further oil and banking sanctions on Iran earlier this month that where lifted under the 2015 nuclear deal but granted waivers to eight major importers to continue buying Iranian petroleum products without penalty for another six months.

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