US Suspects Iran Nuclear Activity over its Lack of Cooperation with IAEA

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The IAEA subsequently confirmed that even though the Islamic Republic is prepared to test advanced centrifuges in breach of the 2015 nuclear deal, it had not yet done so at the time of agency inspections on 7-8 September.

Tensions have been escalating between Iran and the United States since May previous year, when Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran and began reimposing sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.

"We hope that the relevant parties can meet at halfway and push for the easing of tensions around the Iranian nuclear issue", Hua said.

Iran has already surpassed the limits set in the 2015 nuclear accord about enrichment purity and stockpiles of enriched uranium.

Iran has given another two months to the European signatories to take meaningful action to save the JCPOA as a France-led diplomatic process is underway between the two sides.

Acting Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Cornel Feruta expressed regret over North Korea's continued operation of some of its nuclear facilities.

The European contracting parties - France, Britain and Germany - have been seeking a way to circumvent the USA -imposed sanctions to trade with Iran.

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"Sure, anything's possible. They would like to be able to solve their problem", Trump said, adding that "we could solve it (the problem) in 24 hours".

Brian Hook, the USA special representative for Iran, said last week more sanctions against Iran were coming and the United States was committed to its campaign of "maximum pressure".

Macron also has been seeking to arrange a meeting between Trump and Rohani - possible at the upcoming United Nations gathering in NY.

However, Rouhani ruled out any bilateral talks with the White House, retreating from his earlier remarks of openness to talk with anyone when the interests of his people are at stake.

"You know we've done more sanctions on Iran than anybody, and it's absolutely working", Mnuchin said.

Trump withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal in 2018 and has reimposed crippling economic sanctions against Tehran.

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