Tehran is exerting increasing pressure on partners in the 2015 nuclear deal to lift US sanctions and return to the agreements. Uranium has now been enriched up to 60 percent for the first time.
Tehran (dpa) – Iran enriched uranium up to 60 percent for the first time at night. Iranian nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi announced this on Twitter, reports Fars news agency.
Until now, the new centrifuges being manufactured in the country had enriched the Natans nuclear facility by up to 20 percent. With the increase to 60 percent, the country wants to increase pressure on the partners in the 2015 nuclear deal to withdraw US sanctions and return to the agreements.
A spokesman for EU Foreign Affairs Representative Josep Borrell spoke in Brussels on Friday of a “very worrying development”. From an EU perspective, there is no credible explanation or non-military justification for action, he said.
President Hassan Ruhani announced the move yesterday, describing it as a response to the sabotage attack on Natan’s nuclear facility last Sunday. He blamed Israel for sabotage. Iran could even enrich its uranium up to 90 percent – making it suitable for nuclear weapons – but the country never wanted a nuclear weapons program and does not want it now, the president said. In addition, Iran is poised to return to undisputed enrichment of up to 3.67 percent if the deal is implemented by all partners and US sanctions are lifted.
The Vienna Accord was to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons without denying civilian use of nuclear energy. The United States withdrew from the agreement under President Donald Trump and tried to harass Iran economically with sanctions. Trump’s successor Joe Biden searches for a way back to the agreements.
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