Iran informed the United Nations’ nuclear agency that it is beginning of the process of increasing its capacity to enrich uranium work on Tuesday. Also mentioned it would increase its capacity to produce uranium hexafluoride that’s a key ingredient for enrichment.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei said, he had ordered preparations for enrichment because of the 2015 nuclear deal failed completely.
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The Iranian Atomic Energy Organization will hand over a letter to the UN nuclear agency. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna informing the agency about the decision of regarding uranium hexafluoride.
“Iran will announce about the process of increasing the capacity to produce uranium hexafluoride6. The process will start on Tuesday,” said Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman from Iran’s nuclear agency.
The leader “Ayatollah Khamenei” added as quoted by Reuter’s news agency that we should accelerate some process that is linked to our nuclear work capacity to move forward faster in case needed. He also mentioned that the country got the capacity to accelerate production of centrifuges. In which centrifuges are used to enrich uranium.
Under the agreement that was held in 2015 and signed by Iran, the US, France, Germany, the UK, Russia, as well as China. In that agreement, Iran’s uranium enrichment was strictly limited because of removing its ability to produce a nuclear weapon. In exchange for the country received relief from crippling sanctions that were lifted in January 2016.
But President Donald Trump dramatically pulled out about the agreement. Leaving of that agreement would be the remaining European signatories scrambling to save it. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said to the US would to re-impose its sanctions on Iran.
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‘Ayatollah Khamenei’ set out several conditions for staying the nuclear deal with the remaining world powers that are including to protection of Iranian oil sales on and safeguarding on trade.
The Iranian authorities said that if the European countries get fail to keep the pact alive then what? The answer is clear that Tehran has another option to the enhancement of its uranium by the 20 percent of purity.
In the 2015 deal was limited to Iran for enriching uranium only by 3.67%, far below the roughly 90% threshold of weapons-grade material.
Iran insists its nuclear programme that is entirely peaceful, and that its compliance with the deal has been verified by the IAEA.
Iran’s conditions are:
- European powers should be able to protect Iranian oil sales from the US sanctions and will continue buying Iranian crude
- European banks should use safeguard trade with Iran support
- The UK, France, and Germany should pledge not to seek negotiations on Iran’s ballistic missile program and regional activities, both are demanded by Washington
The supreme leader has said that if the three countries were unable to meet these demands then Iran would like to resume its enrichment of producing uranium. He also said Iran could no longer have any kind of dealings with the united state.
“The Islamic Republic cannot deal with a government that easily violates an international treaty. Withdraws its signature and in a theatrical show brags on a television,” he said.
Iranian Foreign Minister ‘Javad Zarif’ began a diplomatic tour last month in an effort to persuade the deal’s other signatories to keep. He accused the US of an “illegal withdrawal” from the deal and “bullying methods of bringing other governments in line”.