July 10, 2019 / 12:44 PM / 11 days ago

We want to uphold nuclear deal if all sides do, Iran's IAEA ambassador tells paper

Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Kazem Gharib Abadi speaks during a news conference after a board of governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria July 10, 2019. REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

BERLIN (Reuters) - Iran intends to preserve the nuclear deal with major powers if all parties fulfill their obligations under it, its ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear body told a German newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday.

Diplomats earlier told Reuters the IAEA told member states in a closed-door meeting Iran was enriching uranium to 4.5% purity, above the 3.67% limit set by the international treaty.

“What we’re doing only has one aim: We want to preserve the nuclear treaty,” Iran’s envoy to the Vienna-based authority was cited as saying by weekly newspaper Die Zeit.

He also said: “Everything can be reversed within a single hour - if all of our partners in the treaty would just fulfill their obligations in the same way.”

Reporting by Tassilo Hummel; Editing by Michelle Martin

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