Diplomats at IAEA told Reuters today they had no information to substantiate a report by a member of Iran’s parliament that the country has halted its 20-percent uranium enrichment program.
On Wednesday, Iranian MP Hossein Naqavi Hosseini, deputy chairman of Majlis’ National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said Iran has stopped the enrichment of uranium at 20-percent level. “There is no need for more production,” he added. He also said that Iran is ready to convert its current stockpile of 20-percent enriched uranium to fuel rods for its research reactor.
If the report were true, it meant Iran had halted its most sensitive nuclear activity before reaching any agreement with P5+1 on the future of its nuclear program
An envoy in Vienna headquarters of IAEA told Reuters that he believed Iran was continuing to refine uranium to the 20 percent threshold.
The IAEA, which regularly inspects Iranian nuclear sites, has declined to comment on the issue. But several other diplomats from member states said they were not aware of any such move by Iran either. (Reuters, 25 October)