Iran starts enriching uranium to 4.5% per day after saying it would break the limit of the nuclear deal
Iran starts enriching uranium to 4.5 percent a day after saying it would exceed the 3.67 percent limit set in the country's nuclear deal
- Iran's uranium enrichment level passed 4.5 percent on Monday and exceeded the cap
- Level & # 39; meets the fuel requirement of the plant in the country & # 39 ;, officials said
- It comes a year after Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the nuclear deal
Iran's uranium enrichment level passed 4.5 percent on Monday and exceeded the 2015 nuclear deal cap, said Iranian nuclear energy spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi.
& # 39; This morning Iran reached the 4.5 percent level in uranium enrichment & # 39 ;, he told the semi-official ISNA News Agency.
& # 39; This level of purity fully meets the fuel needs of the country's power station & # 39 ;, he added that the Islamic Republic could hold on to this level of enrichment for the time being.
Iran's uranium enrichment level passed 4.5 percent on Monday and exceeded the 2015 nuclear deal cap, said Iranian spokesperson for the nuclear energy organization. Pictured: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (C) and the head of Iran's nuclear technology organization Ali Akbar Salehi inspect nuclear technology
Iran announced on Sunday that it would no longer adhere to the enrichment limit in what it called as the second step to reduce the deal commitments in an effort to encourage other parties to keep their side of the deal.
It comes a year after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from the agreement and follows the desperate efforts of European countries to keep Iran on the deal.
America has imposed sanctions on the country, which means that its crude oil cannot be sold on the world market.
Iran demanded that the other parties – France, Germany, Great Britain, China and Russia – take measures to guarantee the economic benefits that Iran had promised for the drastic restrictions imposed on its nuclear program.
The European Union said on Monday that it was & # 39; extremely concerned & # 39; is by Iranian plans to violate the enrichment of uranium set by the 2015 nuclear deal, and to call on Tehran to change course.
& # 39; We strongly urge Iran to stop and reverse all activities that are not compatible with the commitments made under the JCPOA, & # 39; said EU spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic to reporters.
US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal between Iran and six world powers in May 2018 and has since imposed sanctions on many sectors, including the critical oil and financial industries
The JCPOA or the joint comprehensive action plan relieved Iran of punishing sanctions in exchange for setting strict limits on its nuclear activities.
The remaining signatories – Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China – say the deal is the best way to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
& # 39; We are extremely concerned about the announcement made by Iran over the weekend regarding the start of uranium enrichment above the 3.7 percent limit, & # 39; said Kocijancic.
The EU will wait for a report from the UN Atomic Energy Authority and consult other signatories before deciding on future steps, Kocijancic said.
Tehran has become increasingly frustrated about an alleged lack of action on the part of the European side to help it economically in the light of the crippling American sanctions.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tehran can further reduce his promises, but & # 39; all such steps are reversible & # 39; if European countries do their bit.
The move to start enriching uranium above the agreed maximum purification level of 3.67 percent comes despite the opposition of the European Union and the United States.
President Hassan Rouhani's order to cross the threshold would be & # 39; within a few hours & # 39; after the last technical details were sorted, are implemented. The spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalvandi, said live on the state television.
President Hassan Rouhani's order to cross the threshold would be & # 39; within a few hours & # 39; be implemented after the last technical details have been sorted
The Iranian president said the action was prompted by a failure by the remaining parties to help Iran bypass sanctions that were re-established by the US.
In response, UK said that Iran should stop immediately & roll back all activities.
& # 39; While the UK remains fully committed to the deal, Iran must immediately stop and reverse all activities that are incompatible with its obligations, & # 39; said a spokesperson.
& # 39; We coordinate with other participants in the agreement on the next steps under the agreement, including a joint committee. & # 39;
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