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The EU response after Iran announced the launch of advanced centrifuges

European Commission (EC) spokeswoman for foreign affairs, Maja Kocijancic. Photo: The Independent / VNA

Speaking to the press in Brussels, Ms. Kocijancic said the EU had "noticed" about Iran's new announcement, but would wait for confirmation from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). "We continue to urge Iran to reverse the steps without delaying and refraining from other measures that undermine the nuclear deal," the EU official said. According to her, the EU maintains its commitment to the nuclear deal, but also agrees that the commitment of the countries involved in signing this historic document depends on Iran's full compliance.

Meanwhile, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on the same day that Iran's announcement of the development of advanced centrifuges to accelerate uranium enrichment threatened the nuclear deal with world powers. he called on Tehran to comply with the original agreement.

Speaking at a news conference, Foreign Minister Maas stated that Iran had built extremely advanced centrifuges and that this was not in agreement.

Earlier on the same day, Iran's Atomic Energy Agency leader Ali Akbar Salehi said the country continued to cut its scope of compliance with the nuclear deal. According to Mr. Salehi, Iran has put into use a series of 30 new generation IR-6 centrifuges and Iran's enriched uranium production has reached 5 kg / day.

He said a new generation IR-6 centrifuge could produce enriched uranium 10 times faster than the first IR-1, which Iran was allowed to use under the agreement. In addition, scientists are developing a prototype of the IR-9 centrifuge series, which can operate 50 times faster than IR-1.

Last May, Iran decided to reduce some commitments in a nuclear deal called the Comprehensive Joint Action Plan (JCOPA) signed between Iran and the P5 + 1 group (USA, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany).

The move came just a year after US President Donald Trump announced his unilateral withdrawal from the historic nuclear agreement and re-imposing sanctions on Iran.

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