SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association)- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has corrected its previous estimate of the size of Tehran’s uranium stockpile.
According to IAEA on Thursday, Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium gas is 8,290 kg.
This is while the agency had announced last week that Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium had increased by 625 kg to around 8.4 tons since the IAEA’s September report, estimating the stock to be nearly 8,390 kg.
The size of Tehran’s uranium stockpile is one of the moot points in the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 group of world powers.
The IAEA correction came two days after top officials from Iran and the P5+1 group — the US, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany – wrapped up talks over Iran’s nuclear program in the Omani capital city of Muscat on Tuesday.
The meeting was led by Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and European Union’s envoy Catherine Ashton, who represents the six countries in the talks.
The next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the world powers is set to be held in the Austrian capital of Vienna on November 18-24.
Last November, Iran and the P5+1 group clinched an interim nuclear accord, which took effect on January 20 and expired six months later. However, they agreed to extend their talks until November 24 as they remained divided on a number of key issues.
Sources close to the Iranian negotiating team say the main stumbling block in the way of resolving the Western dispute over Iran’s nuclear energy program remains to be the removal of all the bans imposed on the country, and not the number of centrifuges or the level of uranium enrichment.
Tehran wants the sanctions entirely lifted while Washington, under pressure from the pro-Israeli lobby, insists that at least the UN-imposed sanctions should remain in place.