Yukiya Amano

Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, says Iran continues to enrich uranium at a steady rate and international sanctions have not had any evident effect on Iran’s nuclear activities.

Reuters reports that Yukiya Amano’s latest report confirms the opinion of a number of analysts who claim economic pressures have not been successful in stopping Iran’s nuclear program.

Amano’s statements come a day before senior officials representing the G5+1 meet in Brussels to agree on their strategy toward Iran.

In his first press conference following his re-election, U.S. President Barack Obama claimed that he plans to press for a diplomatic solution to resolve nuclear disputes with Iran.

International sanctions on Iran, especially those spearheaded by the U.S. and the EU in the past year, have put Iran’s economy under severe strain, causing rising inflation and a steep fall in the value of the national currency.

Iran has steadily maintained that its uranium enrichment activities are for the peaceful purpose of providing fuel for its research nuclear reactor used to produce medical isotopes.