Iran’s National Assembly Chairman Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf on Jan. 28 announced on national television that Iran would enrich 17 kg of 20% uranium by the end of January 2021 – far too far from its commitment to the nuclear deal. with the US and other countries in 2015.
|Centrifuge at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility, central Iran, November 5, 2019. Photo: Iran Atomic Energy Organization / AP|
Speaking after a visit to the Fordo nuclear plant in northwestern Iran, Iran’s National Assembly chairman said that 17 kg of 20% enriched uranium is a significant increase in Iranian targets.
The country’s parliament passed a bill in December 2020, requiring the production and storage of 120 kilograms of enriched uranium at 20 percent per year, or an average of 12 kilograms per month.
The Fordo plant’s progress is believed to be in line with such goals, but it also makes it more difficult for the nuclear deal that Tehran is proposing to sit down with the new Joe Biden administration to open up. wide range of economic sanctions.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterated the administration’s view of President Joe Biden that “if Iran fully complies with its obligations under the agreement, the US will do the same thing.”
According to Blinken, the United States will respect the obligations in the 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), after Iran returns to fully comply with its commitments.
Foreign Minister Blinken affirmed: “President Biden has made it very clear that, if Iran fully complies with its obligations under the JCPOA, the United States will do the same,” and denied Tehran’s pressure to force Washington to. act first.
Blinken said that it takes time for Iran to return to its pledges in the multilateral nuclear treaty and for the US to see if Iran has met its obligations.
“Iran is not complying with some of the terms, and it will take some time for it to come back into compliance, if it decides to do so, and a period of time for us to assess whether they will respond. to fulfill its obligations or not “, Foreign Minister Blinken said.
But now, Iran is showing it can not go back to the starting line as Mr. Biden asked because of the previous administration’s move to break the agreement in Washington.