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Iran is determined to narrow its nuclear commitments

Inside the Fordow nuclear facility in Qom, Northern Iran on November 6, 2019. Photo: AFP / TTXVN

Speaking on television, Kamalvandi said Iran rejected many pledges including the building of a Fordow facility into an international nuclear research center. He clarified that the Fordow plant's capacity will be increased here, helping to increase the working index of uranium-rich furnaces from 8,600 SWU to 9,500, which is close to the level before the 2015 nuclear agreement.

On November 6, Iran began pumping uranium gas into centrifuges, meaning the beginning of the fourth phase of its plan to narrow its commitment to JCPOA, after the United States unilaterally withdrew from the deal. and re-impose sanctions on Tehran.

The AEOI representative also said that Iran could refuse to renovate the Arak reactor. Kamalvandi said that if the parties to the agreement did not soon take measures to fulfill their commitments, Tehran would resume the heavy-water boiler project in Arak. According to AEOI spokesman, Iran has "a heavy reason" to not allow experts from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IEEA) to access the facility in Natanz last week. According to AEOI, the factory-level detector detected "suspicious" material in these experts. AEOI notified the IAEA and canceled the inspection license of experts.

According to the 2015 JCPOA, Iran agreed to turn the Fordow facility into a nuclear, physical and technological center, while 1,044 centrifuges there would be used for purposes other than enriching uranium, such as export non-radioactive isotope atoms for various civilian purposes. However, US moves such as withdrawing from the agreement and imposing sanctions on Tehran have led to Iran gradually narrowing these commitments. Iran also accused European countries of failing to fulfill their economic obligations, threatening the deal.

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