Iran is starting to use advanced centrifuges that can accelerate the development of an atomic weapon because it increases tensions with the US
- Forty centrifuges are now operational. Tehran has warned
- Iran called for quick & # 39; only action & # 39; to save the 2015 nuclear deal
- The UK called the Iran movement & # 39; particularly disappointing & # 39; because they deal with tensions
Iran's decision to use more advanced centrifuges to accelerate the development of a nuclear weapon today aims to increase pressure on European powers to save a 2015 nuclear deal.
Forty centrifuges are in operation, but Tehran claimed that it was not looking to enrich uranium to 20 percent levels – paving the way for weapon-quality material – according to spokesman for nuclear agency Behruz Kamalvandi.
But the country does have the capacity to make nuclear weapons.
Act now: the Iranian spokesman for the nuclear agency Behrouz Kamalvandi urges European leaders to act quickly in an attempt to save the deal
Iran stopped fulfilling its two obligations in July after sanctions were imposed by the US when it canceled the nuclear deal.
But Mr Kamalvandi has made it clear that the steps taken can be reversed if the European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal restore Iran's access to foreign trade.
& # 39; The European parties to the deal should know that there is not much time left and if any action needs to be taken (to save the nuclear deal), this must be done quickly & # 39 ;, he said.
Tehran had warned Europe that it would abandon its nuclear obligations further on the basis of a deadline set for European powers to do something to protect it from American sanctions.
Kamalvandi said it had activated 20 IR-4 and 20 IR-6 advanced centrifuges.
& # 39; The centrifuge machines, as they are engaged in research and development, will help increase inventory & # 39 ;, he added at a press conference in Tehran.
& # 39; The capacity of these machines is many times greater than that of the previous machines. This started from yesterday (Friday). & # 39;
Britain, France and Germany have repeatedly said they are committed to rescuing the deal that gave Iran exemption from sanctions in exchange for restrictions on its nuclear program, but their efforts have had little effect so far.
Nuclear inspection: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) and the head of the Iran nuclear technology organization Ali Akbar Salehi look at the nuclear technology that Tehran has to offer
Increasing tensions: Iran warned Europe that they would use more advanced centrifuges because they are trying to save the nuclear deal and are fighting to regain access to foreign trade
Increasing tension between Iran and the US has arisen since May last year, when President Donald Trump withdrew and started to introduce sanctions that paralyzed the country's economy.
They were near a June confrontation when Iran took down an American drone and ordered Trump to take revenge before being canceled at the last minute after 150 people were killed.
US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said he was not surprised that Iran announced it would violate the JCPOA.
Britain called the Iranian movement particularly disappointing at a time when we and our European and international partners are working hard to de-escalate tensions.
Although Iran is leaving the 2015 agreement, Mr Kamalvandi said that Iran would ensure that the International Atomic Energy Agency continues to follow its nuclear program.
& # 39; Regarding the monitoring and access of the IAEA … so that all clear (Iranian) obligations regarding transparency are complied with, & # 39; said the spokesman.
Nuclear threat: US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said he was not surprised that Iran announced it would violate the JCPOA & # 39;
The European Union underlined on Friday that it was crucial for the IAEA to follow the activities of Iran, because it is & # 39; very concerned & # 39; expressed the country's decision to reverse its obligations.
In his last report of August 30, the watchdog said he continues to verify compliance through cameras and on-site inspections.
But in a clear hint about fear of access it said: & # 39; continuous interactions … require full and timely cooperation by Iran & # 39 ;.
On Saturday, the UN nuclear agency took note of Iran's latest movement and indicated that its inspectors were ready to monitor compliance.
& # 39; Agency inspectors are on site in Iran and will report all relevant activities to the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, & # 39; said spokesperson Fredrik Dahl.
US President Donald Trump said he remains open to direct talks with Iran.
And a surprising visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to the Group of Seven Summit in France last month revealed the possibility of direct talks between Mr. Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
The move was recommended at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, although Tehran officials later seemed to reject the idea.
Under fire: Britain called the Iranian movement "particularly disappointing at a time when we and our European and international partners are working hard to escalate tensions & # 39;
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