The Iranian regime admitted to extracting more than 20% of enriched uranium

Photo provided by the International Atomic Energy Agency on Monday of centrifuges for the Natanz uranium enrichment plant (EFE).

Iran said this Sunday that Mined more than 20 percent of enriched uranium at the underground Fordow nuclear plantin a new series ir-6 centrifuge, It also reported to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

“We extracted 20 percent of the enriched uranium from the new series of centrifuges that were installed in Fordow two weeks ago and gas-injected them,” said Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency.

Kamalvani confirmed that Iran had informed the International Atomic Energy Agency “two weeks ago” of the gas injection in the new series, according to the local Iranian news agency.

The step taken by AEAI is part of legal obligations such as “Part of the internal planning to launch and inject 1,000 IR-6 centrifuges on six linesThe speaker explained.

Introducing the new generation of centrifuges in 2021 (Reuters)
Introducing the new generation of centrifuges in 2021 (Reuters)

“The collection of 20 percent of the enriched uranium took place yesterday and it was the last technical part of this procedure, which was previously announced to the International Atomic Energy Agency,” Kamalvandi explained.

Although Iran is required to inform the IAEA of the change, if it chooses not to do so, It could escape detection for a while, as there is currently a time lag between Iranian enrichment and IAEA inspectors checking what is being produced.

The move is the latest of many that have been taken to breach and bypass the restrictions that the 2015 agreement placed on Iran’s nuclear activities.

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The 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement limited Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, but in 2018 then-US President Donald Trump abandoned them and reimposed sanctions on Iran.

Tehran responded a year later by stepping up its nuclear and uranium enrichment efforts.

According to the IAEA report issued last June, Iran already possesses more than 3,800 kilograms of enriched uranium in various forms and purity, ranging from 5% to 60%, a level close to the level required to produce atomic weapons (90%).

The information comes at a time when talks to revive the agreement have reached a dead end and Western powers have warned that time is running out for an agreement.

The United States withdrew from the agreement in 2018 under then-President Donald Trump, and reimposed sanctions on Tehran that were lifted by the agreement.

A year later, Iran began retaliating by violating the deal’s restrictions.

(With information from EFE, Reuters)

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