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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

UN Agency Finds Fault With Iran

VIENNA, Austria -- The United Nations nuclear watchdog has accused Iran of failing to comply with its nuclear safeguards agreement and sent a three-man team of inspectors to the country Saturday.

But the report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which will be presented by IAEA chief Mohamed ElBaradei to the agency's governors June 16, also said Iran was taking steps to rectify the situation.

"Iran has failed to meet its obligations under its safeguards agreement with respect to the reporting of nuclear material, the subsequent processing and use of that material and the declaration of facilities where that material was stored and processed," the report read.

The IAEA declined official comment.

Washington described the report as "deeply troubling." The United States, the IAEA, the European Union and Russia have urged Iran to sign an additional protocol to the Nonproliferation Treaty to allow more thorough inspections by the IAEA, with little prior warning.

The head of Iran's atomic agency, Gholamreza Aghazadeh, accused the United States of using the report to try to make propaganda against Iran.

"There is no discussion of violation at all," Aghazadeh told state television over the weekend.

"The report goes back to 12 years ago and has nothing to do with the organization's current activities in the nuclear sector."

The report said Iran imported 1.8 tons of natural uranium in 1991 but did not declare the import or facilities for handling it to the IAEA until this year. It said this amount of uranium could yield 0.13 kilograms of enriched uranium for nuclear fuel.

"Although the quantities of nuclear material involved have not been large ... the number of failures by Iran to report the material, facilities and activities in question in a timely manner as it is obliged to do pursuant to its safeguards agreement is a matter of concern," the report said.

The IAEA, whose inspectors visited Iran in February, said steps were being taken to bring Tehran into compliance with its safeguards agreements, which aim to ensure nuclear materials and facilities in states that sign the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty do not end up in secret nuclear weapons programs.

Deputy Foreign Minister Georgy Mamedov raised doubts about the existence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program and stressed that the IAEA has not found any treaty violations by Iran, The Associated Press reported.

"We believe that there is no evidence of the existence of any such program," Mamedov told the Vremya Novostei newspaper in an interview published Friday.

"I want to underline that so far the International Atomic Energy Agency has not discovered any violations of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty by Iran," he said.