IAEA: Iran still making highly enriched uranium

The International Atomic Energy Agency says Iran is continuing to produce highly enriched uranium, far beyond limits set under the 2015 nuclear deal.

The IAEA's latest report on the issue estimates that the country possessed 17.7 kilograms of uranium enriched to 60 percent purity as of November 6. The rate is much higher than the 3.67 percent limit set under the agreement.

The report also says Iran did not allow the IAEA to install new monitoring cameras in a facility near Tehran where parts of centrifuges for enrichment are made. The agency says its verification and monitoring activities have been seriously affected.

In 2018, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the agreement and reimposed sanctions on Iran. In response, Tehran has been pressing ahead with nuclear development, in breach of the deal.

A senior Iranian government official has said IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi will visit the country from Monday. He is expected to talk with the Iranian side on the restrictions on the agency's inspections.