Iran has built advanced new centrifuges to enrich uranium, has confirmed the UN nuclear watchdog, putting the Tehran 2015 nuclear deal on a thread.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that 56 centrifuges were installed or installed at the secret Natanz plant in Iran.
The equipment is & # 39; prepared for testing & # 39; with uranium hexafluoride, the IAEA said.
Using to enrich uranium would be a violation of Iran's obligations under the 2015 agreement, which states that Iran can only use more basic first generation centrifuges.
Enriched uranium can be used to make nuclear weapons.
Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani (photo) and his government stepped up uranium enrichment while the 2015 nuclear deal hangs on a string
Yesterday, the Iranian nuclear agency accused the European powers of & # 39; not respecting their promises & # 39; to secure the deal.
Ali Akbar Salehi said Iran had little choice but to avoid the deal, which it did by increasing enrichment and increasing the uranium supply.
The deal began to unravel last year when President Donald Trump pulled the United States from the pact negotiated by his predecessor, Barack Obama, and Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani.
Washington re-imposed sanctions against Iran that were suspended under the agreement, paralyzing Iran's economy.
Iran has argued for Europe's help in avoiding sanctions, but efforts by Great Britain, France and Germany have largely failed.
As a result, Tehran has taken revenge by reducing its deal commitments in the hope of forcing Europe to help.
On July 1, it said it had increased its stock of enriched uranium above the 300 kilogram limit set in the agreement.
A week later, the Islamic Republic announced that it had exceeded the uranium enrichment level of the deal of 3.67 percent.
Rouhani and other officials inspect nuclear technology earlier this year in Tehran, where the government has accused European powers of failing to deliver on their promises
On Saturday, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said it had taken another step by starting 20 IR-4 and 20 IR-6 advanced centrifuges, the step that has now been confirmed by the IAEA.
Under the historic pact, Iran was allowed to enrich uranium with only the first generation – or IR-1 – centrifuges.
& # 39; The European Union should replace the US, but unfortunately they have not delivered on their promises & # 39 ;, Salehi said.
"Unfortunately, the European parties have not fulfilled their obligations … The deal is not a one-way street and Iran will act accordingly as we have done so far by gradually reducing our commitments," he said.
France, which is leading Europe's efforts to save the nuclear deal, yesterday urged Iran to stop its steps towards the agreement.
Emmanuel Macron and Russian leader Vladimir Putin spoke out to unite the efforts of all interested parties to maintain and fully comply with the JCPOA, said a statement from the Kremlin, referring to the deal under the official name.
The Elysee Palace in Paris said that Macron and Putin had agreed that & # 39; all parties involved & # 39; should act to reduce & # 39; tensions & # 39 ;.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) welcomes IAEA acting director-general Cornel Feruta (left) yesterday for a meeting in Tehran
In an August 30 report, the IAEA said it continued to verify compliance by cameras and on-site inspections.
Iranian officials say the text of the nuclear deal allows a party to the deal to meet its obligations if others fail to meet their obligations.
Washington has largely rejected Iran's threats and warned of more sanctions. Iran has denied ever seeking nuclear weapons, and insisted that its nuclear program be for completely peaceful purposes.
Moreover, tensions between the West and Iran have increased in recent months over a number of shipping disputes.
Washington has blamed Iran for a series of explosions on oil tankers in the Gulf, but Tehran denied involvement in any of them.
Then on July 4, an Iranian oil tanker was seized by the British territory of Gibraltar, who claimed that the ship supplied crude oil to Syria.
The use of advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium would violate Iran's obligations under the 2015 deal (an Iranian nuclear power plant is pictured)
Two weeks later, Iran broke under the British flag tanker Stena Impero in the Middle East, which was generally considered a retribution.
It led to tensions in the Middle East that escalated alarmingly when both Britain and America strengthened their military presence in the region.
Trump launched air strikes on Iran at the last minute in June after the Islamic Republic had shot down an American drone.
The Iranian tanker was released last month, but now seems to be heading for Syria, fueling further anger from Washington.
Yesterday, state media in Iran said that the tanker had moored on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and had unloaded its cargo, without saying exactly where.
The Stena is still standing in an Iranian port, although Iran said yesterday that it could be released soon.
Experts have warned that a crisis in the critical Strait of Hormuz can endanger the world's oil supply.
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