Official: IAEA basing Iran reports on 'deceptive information'

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Iran’s nuclear authority says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) plays into the hands of Israel and the MKO terror group, basing its analyses on Tehran's nuclear program on “deceptive information” provided by the pair.

“Based on its Statute, the Agency should encourage, support and help member countries achieve peaceful nuclear energy, but unfortunately, for a variety of reasons and because they consider superiority as exclusive to themselves, they have monopolized science and technology, restricted us and increased our costs,” head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Mohammad Eslami said during a live TV program on Saturday night.

“The enemies put a lot of pressure on the IAEA. Together with the Zionists, the MKO mercenaries regularly feed the IAEA with deceptive information and always incite the Agency against our country," he added. 

Eslami also said Iran's reserves of uranium enriched up to 20 percent purity have surpassed 120 kilograms and that the country is “ahead of the schedule” in the process.

“Based on the JCPOA, the Tehran reactor was supposed to be supplied with 20% uranium fuel, but it did not happen. If we had not started making this amount of fuel ourselves, the issue would have become something of a problem today,” he explained, referring to the 2015 nuclear deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Eslami also censured the IAEA for failing to condemn an act of sabotage that targeted the Karaj nuclear site on June 23.

The IAEA, he said, effectively encouraged this type of terror attack by remaining silent.

In reaction, Iran did not allow the agency to replace damaged cameras at the site as required under the 2015 nuclear deal because of the non-compliance of the other side of the deal, he added.

Eslami said in the recent terrorist operation, "the enemy sought to damage our country’s capacity in machinery and manufacturing technologies, but thank God, our colleagues were able to revive the cycle.” 

He also said Iran can now produce all kinds of nuclear fuel, but "none of our products and actions are outside the legal mechanism defined in the Safeguards Agreement." 

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