Iran says prepared to show footage of inspector incident

International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors and Iranian technicians at a nuclear power plant of Natanz

Iran said on Saturday that it is now enriching uranium to five percent, after stepping back from its commitments under the troubled 2015 accord with major powers.

Tehran's envoy to the United Nations nuclear watchdog told reporters that, after going to the toilet while waiting for a further search, the inspector no longer showed positive traces, which prompted a further investigation.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday slammed Tehran's treatment of an inspector with the UN's nuclear watchdog agency last week as "an outrageous and unwarranted act of intimidation".

Iran has said it stopped an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspector from gaining access to its main uranium-enrichment facility at Natanz because she allegedly tested positive for traces of explosives - as the agency rejected Iran's holding of the inspector.

Iran also circulated a memo to member states of the IAEA describing in detail the incident that it said began around 11am on 28 October, including that the inspector "sneaked out to go to the WC" and that "alarming signals" were found on a toilet bowl and parts of exit piping, which were dismantled for checks.

The Trump administration's maximum pressure strategy was created to force Iran to return to the table to negotiate a new deal.

"We did not breach their rights", Gharibabadi said. "It's a defensive strategy, a kind of maximum resistance to the policy of maximum pressure led by the Trump administration".

"Netanyahu's biggest lie is that Iran is after nuclear weapons".

Uranium enriched up to 5% is used as fuel for nuclear power plants, while 20% enriched uranium is used to fuel research reactors.

Prince Abdullah Bin Khalid Bin Sultan, ambassador to Austria and the Kingdom's permanent representative to the United Nations and International Organizations in Vienna, made these statements during the special session of the IAEA Board of Governors on Thursday.

The US left the agreement a year ago and re-imposed sanctions, leaving remaining world powers- Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia- trying to save the agreement and mitigate the sanctions.

The Trump administration has warned EU nations not to use INSTEX and European businesses have avoided participating in it, fearing USA penalisation.

The debate about the development of Iranian missile capabilities started the very day after the adoption of UNSC Resolution 2231, which endorsed the Iran nuclear deal or the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"The position of the Europeans is not easy", explained Daroux, "The Iranians are asking them, as well as Russian Federation and China, to help them get around the USA sanctions, but they can not oppose the pressure from the Trump administration without compromising their own economic interests in the United States", he added.

At a press conference, he said that Iran has the "capacity to produce five percent, 20 percent, 60 percent, or any percentage" of enriched uranium, a claim often repeated by Tehran.

In early September, Iran hinted that it would fully comply with the 2015 agreement only if it's able to sell its oil and receive the money from these sales without hindrance.

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