UN watchdog passes resolution calling on Iran to stop denying access to nuclear sites

BREAKING: The board of governors at the UN’s nuclear watchdog called on Iran to stop denying the agency access to two former nuclear sites and to cooperate fully with it.

The resolution, adopted in a vote called after China expressed opposition to it, calls on Tehran to provide inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) with access to two sites in Iran in order to clarify whether undeclared nuclear activity took place there in the early 2000s.

Earlier this week Iran threatened that such a resolution would be “counterproductive” and that it would take “appropriate measures” in response.

The resolution, the first by the board since 2015 and the implementation of the nuclear deal, was passed by a 25-2 margin with seven abstentions. Iran’s allies China and Russia opposed the measure.

Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with the United States, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia drew a line under a secret, coordinated atomic weapons program halted in 2003. But in 2018, Israel’s spy agency Mossad stole a huge trove of documents from Iran in one of its most brazen missions to date. Iran’s past work yielded new clues on old activities.

Earlier this month the IAEA said that as of May 20, Iran’s total stockpile of low-enriched uranium amounted to 1,571.6 kilograms (1.73 tons), up from 1,020.9 kilograms (1.1 tons) on Feb. 19.

Under the deal, Iran was allowed to keep a stockpile of 202.8 kilograms of uranium.

The IAEA reported that Iran has also been continuing to enrich uranium to a purity of up to 4.5%, higher than the 3.67% allowed under the deal.