WORLD Iran says IAEA's claim of 'undeclared change' in centrifuges based on 'mistaken' report


Iran says IAEA's claim of 'undeclared change' in centrifuges based on 'mistaken' report


07:55, February 03, 2023

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TEHRAN, Feb. 2 (Xinhua) -- The spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said the UN nuclear watchdog's claim of having detected an "undeclared substantial change" in the centrifuges at one of Iran's nuclear sites was based on a "mistaken" report by an inspector.

Behrouz Kamalvandi made the remarks to the official news agency IRNA on Wednesday night, reacting to reports published earlier in the day quoting the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as saying that Iran had "substantially modified" an interconnection between two centrifuge clusters enriching uranium to up to 60 percent at its Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP), without declaring it to the agency.

Kamalvandi said Tehran provided "explanations" to the inspectors and "the inspector in question realized his mistake."

He added that the issue was resolved after coordination between the inspectors and the agency's secretariat.

Over the past months, the IAEA has voiced some criticism about Iran's cooperation with the agency. On Nov. 17, 2022, the IAEA's Board of Governors passed a resolution proposed by the United States, Britain, France and Germany that called on Iran to collaborate with the agency's investigators regarding the alleged "traces of uranium" at a number of its "undeclared" sites. Iran has repeatedly rejected all allegations.

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