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The Latest: Nuclear watchdog: Iran stays within deal limits

November 12, 2018

VIENNA (AP) — The Latest on U.N. nuclear watchdog’s new report on Iran (all times local):

4 p.m.

The U.N. atomic watchdog says Iran continues to stay within the limitations set by the nuclear deal reached in 2015 with major powers, aimed at keeping Tehran from building nuclear weapons in exchange for incentives.

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

The issue has grown more complicated since the U.S. withdrew unilaterally in May from the deal and then re-imposed sanctions. Iran’s economy has been struggling ever since and its currency has plummeted in value. 

The other signatories to the deal — Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China — are continuing to try and make it work.

The IAEA says the agency had access to all sites in Iran that it needed to visit and that inspectors confirmed Iran has kept within limits of heavy water and low-enriched uranium stockpiles.

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2:50 p.m.

The U.N. atomic watchdog is preparing to release its latest report on whether Iran continues to comply with the 2015 deal aimed at keeping Tehran from building nuclear weapons in exchange for incentives.

The issue has grown more complicated since the U.S. withdrew unilaterally in May from the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and then re-imposed sanctions. Iran’s economy has been struggling ever since and its currency has plummeted in value.

The other signatories to the deal — Germany, Britain, France, Russia and China — are continuing to try and make it work.

The International Atomic Energy Agency will issue its latest quarterly assessment Monday.

In its last quarterly report, it concluded Iran had stayed within key limitations set by the JCPOA.

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