The UN's nuclear watchdog has confirmed that Iran has begun installing more advanced centrifuges used for enriching uranium - Tehran's latest step in reducing its commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
He was also expected to shed more light on a report by the Reuters news agency that IAEA inspectors had discovered trace amounts of uranium at a facility in Tehran, flagged by Israel a year ago as a "secret atomic warehouse", which Iran has thus far not explained.
In a statement, the IAEA said that on September 7 it had "verified that the following centrifuges were either installed or being installed.: 22 IR-4, one IR-5, 30 IR-6 and three IR-6", AFP reported.
The nuclear deal was meant to keep Tehran from building atomic weapons - something Iran denies it wants to do - in exchange for economic incentives.
Iran's nuclear chief said on Sunday that European parties to the 2015 nuclear deal have failed to fulfill their commitments under the pact.
Iran's new efforts to advance enrichment technology could eventually help it to build stocks of higher-grade uranium at faster rates, reducing the time it would take Tehran to produce material for nuclear warheads if it wanted to.
A centrifuge enriches uranium by spinning uranium hexafluoride gas.
The results were dismal: "The Israeli strikes dealt only minor setbacks to Iran's nuclear program, and the United States was enmeshed in yet another war in the Middle East".
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Iran had already announced the step, its latest violation of the 2015 agreement as it tries to pressure European signatories to find a way to maintain oil shipments and ease the toll of USA sanctions on the Iranian economy.
He added that Iran had also informed the agency it would modify lines of research centrifuges so that enriched uranium was produced, which is not allowed under the deal.
The 2015 nuclear deal demanded a complete accounting by Iran of all its previous atomic work, and oversight of all ongoing work.
He said he emphasized to Iranian authorities "the importance of full and timely cooperation by Iran".
The IAEA head said during his meetings in Tehran he "stressed the need for Iran to respond promptly to Agency questions related to the completeness of Iran's safeguards declarations", adding, "Time is of the essence". He said the USA and other IAEA member states were "eager to get a full report as soon as possible".
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday: "The U.S. should abandon wrong practices such as unilateral sanctions and maximum pressure on Iran".
The comments followed Tehran's announcement that it would start using advanced centrifuges that are prohibited under the agreement.
On May 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the nuclear accord.