Iran’s National Assembly Chairman Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf declared that the country had succeeded in enriching uranium to 60% purity, the highest level ever.
Ghalibaf made the announcement in a message posted on Twitter today, April 16. At the same time, Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency confirmed that uranium enrichment was taking place at the Martyr Ahmadi Roshan nuclear facility of the Natanz complex, where the attack caused damage. early April.
|Satellite image of the Natanz nuclear power plant in Isfahan province, central Iran, the main nuclear complex of Tehran. Photo: AP|
According to Sputnik, Iranian scientists have found a way to advance the plan through the use of the IR-4 and IR-6 centrifuges, much faster than the first generation IR-1 centrifuges, which licensed under the JCPOA international nuclear agreement 2015.
Tehran’s intentions once raised concerns in the international community. The European Union (EU) calls Iran’s plan “of extreme concern from the standpoint of non-proliferation”.
The international nuclear organizations classify uranium as weapon grade if the material is enriched at 20% or more purity, while to make nuclear weapons uranium needs to be 90% pure.
In 2019, Iran began to stop complying with obligations set in the JCPOA, exactly one year after the administration of former US President Donald Trump tore off the deal and re-imposed anti-national economic sanctions. Islamic.
Last December, Tehran passed legislation promoting uranium enrichment and ended the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) inspections of Iran nuclear facilities. A move in response to the murder of famous Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, which Tehran believes was carried out by Israel.
The administration of the new White House leader Joe Biden has confirmed its readiness to reverse Trump’s decision on the Iran nuclear issue. But Washington insisted that Tehran stop violating the JCPOA first, while Tehran insisted Washington must stop bilateral sanctions to pave the way for any future negotiations.
Iran’s new move is likely to increase tensions even as Tehran’s representatives are negotiating in Vienna on a way to rejoin the deal and lift sanctions, AP said. this country’s economy. But that also offers Iran a way to quickly de-escalate tensions if desired.
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