Published: Tue, November 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

US Security Chief Bolton Vows To 'Squeeze' Iran

US Security Chief Bolton Vows To 'Squeeze' Iran

In a confidential quarterly report distributed to member states and reviewed by The Associated Press, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has been abiding with key limitations set in the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA.

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. Iran's stock of heavy water, another material limited under the deal that was also within the cap set, was verified on November 3, the report showed.

In the months before the sanctions were imposed on November 5, Saudi Arabia said it had increased its own production by about 1 million barrels a day to offset a reported halving of Iran's oil exports from a peak of about 2.5 million barrels in April.

Iran's stock of heavy water, a chemical used as a moderator in a type of nuclear reactor that can produce plutonium, was roughly unchanged at 122.8 tonnes.

U.S. President Donald Trump earlier this year unilaterally pulled out of the nuclear agreement, saying it did not impose strict enough standards on Iran.

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"Timely and proactive cooperation by Iran in providing such access facilitates implementation of the additional protocol and enhances confidence", the report stated, referring to the procedure detailing safeguards and tools for verification.

The U.S. has since reimposed sanctions on Iran that had previously been lifted.

The bans had been lifted under the nuclear deal, signed between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries - the US, Britain, France, China and Russian Federation plus Germany.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton vowed Tuesday to "squeeze" Iran "until the pips squeak", a week after a tough new round of sanctions came into force.

However, the behavior of the US President Donald Trump not only has caused issues for Iran but also for European countries, while creating a bad situation in the global field, Larijani said.

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