Iran is Preparing for Possible Increase of Enrichment Capacity

On Tuesday, the nuclear chief of Iran stated that the nation has already started its preparations for boosting up the capacity of uranium enrichment which added a great deal of pressure on Europe powers who are trying to save ties with Iran that are in danger after a withdrawal of the United States. The nations of Germany, France and Britain want to rescue the core bargain of the sanctions from the deal from 2015 in return for the limitations on the atomic activities of the nation of Iran. The United States re-imposed the sanctions against Iran since quitting the deal arguing the fact that the nation posed a security threat. Iran has put forward some conditions for staying in the nuclear deal which included some steps for safeguarding trade with Tehran and guaranteed Iranian oil sales. But at the same time, it had also mentioned that it could restart its 20 percent uranium enrichment, which is banned under the deal.

Ali Akbar Salehi who is the director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran stated in a news conference, broadcast on state television that the nation is preparing for the development of the required infrastructure for the purpose of building up advanced centrifuges at its Natanz facility. On Monday, the supreme leader of Iran Ayatollah Ali Khamenei stated that he had given orders to Iran for its preparations for having a greater uranium enrichment capacity if the deal falls apart. On Tuesday, the nuclear agency of Iran said that it would be informing the United Nations nuclear watchdog that its process of increasing the enrichment capacity has already begun.

Ali Akbar Salehi mentioned that increasing the capacity did not at all violate the nuclear deal but that it marked an enhancement of the pace of the nuclear program. He said that if the nation of Iran was progressing at the normal pace it would have taken more than about six or seven years but now this would be certainly ready within a matter of just few weeks or months at the most. Salehi added that the nation of Iran has developed the capacity for the production of electricity at Natanz which is located at a distance of about 187 miles south of Tehran. The agreement of the year of 2015 allows Iran to continue with about 3.67 percent of uranium enrichment which is far below the estimated 90 percent threshold of weapons-grade. But before the deal was finally reached, Iran enriched uranium to up to 20 percent purity.

November 19, 2018 - 09:32
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