IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi reported to “IAEA Member States about the recent developments regarding Iran’s R&D activities on uranium metal production as part of its stated aim to produce fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor”, confirming that the agency had “verified 3.6 gram of uranium metal at Iran’s Fuel Plate Fabrication Plant (FPFP) in Isfahan”. France, Germany and the UK subsequently expressed “grave concern” over the report, while reaffirming that “Iran has no credible civilian justification for these activities, which are a key step in the development of a nuclear weapon”. They further asserted that “in escalating its non-compliance, Iran is undermining the opportunity for renewed diplomacy to fully realise the objectives of the JCPOA”. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif reacted by asking: “By what logic is the onus on Iran to stop its remedial measures undertaken a full year after the U.S. withdrew from—and continues to violate—the JCPOA? What have E3 done to fulfill their duties?”
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