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Iran increases uranium enrichment to 20% at nuclear facility

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From Tehran they assure that they informed the International Atomic Energy Organization in advance about their plans, so that the enrichment is a “step technician of a pre-announced measure”.

The spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) ), Behrouz Kamalvandi, affirmed this Sunday that his country increased the enrichment of uranium to a purity of 20% in its underground nuclear facility in Fordow. The process was carried out with the use of a cascade of advanced centrifuges started up two weeks ago, collects the channel Persian state Press TV.

The spokesman assured that Tehran had informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at least two weeks ago about its plans to inject the uranium hexafluoride gas (UF6) in a set of IR-6 centrifuges at the Fordow plant. “Yesterday’s move by Iran to produce 20% of the yield with this cascade was the latest technical step in a pre-announced move,” he said.

Furthermore, Kamalvandi noted that the media Westerners began to “inflate and exaggerate” the issue, alluding to a Reuters report on the matter. Said material from the British agency cited an IAEA report from this Saturday that confirms enrichment with the use of advanced machinery.

In particular, the media outlet indicates that the UN agency was able to verify on July 9 that Tehran “had begun to feed UF6 enriched up to 5% U -235 the cascade of 166 IR-6 centrifuges with subheads [special devices that allow uranium to be enriched to higher purity levels more quickly] modified for the stated purpose of produce UF6 enriched up to 20% U-235“.

In December 2020, the Parliament of Iran voted in favor of a bill that sought to urge the Government to increase uranium enrichment to 20%. The approval of the measure was carried out in an accelerated manner in view of the murder of the nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, considered to be the father of the country’s nuclear program, which occurred at the end of November of the same year near the capital.

  • The limitation of the maximum level of uranium enrichment was one of the key points of the nuclear agreement signed on July 14, 2015 by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council (China, USA, France, Russia and the United Kingdom), together with Germany and the European Union, the so-called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The limit was set at 3.67%, a threshold that Tehran was already technically able to exceed at that time.
  • In response to Washington’s withdrawal from the agreement during the Trump Administration and the reimposition of US sanctions in May 2018, Tehran gradually increased its enriched uranium production capabilities and the concentrations of isotopes needed to produce energy. Last year, it announced that it increased the enrichment up to 60%, although this level still does not reach 90%. or more, required for weapons use.
  • Since April 2021, the remaining parties to the agreement carry out negotiations in the Austrian capital of Vienna on the resumption of the pact , which would mean the reincorporation of the US. The week last Tehran and Washington participated in an indirect negotiating round in Doha (Qatar) that concluded without significant progress .
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