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Europeans call on Iran to cooperate with IAEA on “all relevant issues”

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — European countries that have signed an agreement on Iran’s nuclear program – France, Germany and Britain – and the European Union’s foreign minister on Friday called on Iran to cooperate fully with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

“We call on Iran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on all relevant issues,” foreign ministry spokesman Federica Mogherini said in a joint statement.

Under the deal, the IAEA is mandated to independently verify Iran’s compliance with its non-proliferation obligations.

Diplomatic sources said the agency was waiting for additional information it had asked Iran about samples taken by its inspectors before the summer from a warehouse near the Iranian capital.

Iran on Wednesday condemned US and Israeli “attempts to pressure” the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), warning that it could have counterproductive consequences for continued cooperation with the IAEA.

The IAEA confirmed on Monday that Iran had installed advanced centrifuges that would increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, a further step towards reducing its obligations under the 2015 deal.

“We are very concerned about these activities,” said Paris, Berlin, London and the European Union, calling on Iran to “return” to its obligations and “refrain from any new action.”

“We are concerned about the danger of undermining (the nuclear deal) under the pressure of the sanctions imposed by the United States since May 2018 and the impact of Iran’s decision to retreat from the implementation of some of the basic provisions of the agreement.”

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