The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) has confirmed that it has started to resume uranium enrichment at its underground Fordow nuclear facility by injecting uranium gas into centrifuges.
This move goes completely in violation of the 2015 Nuclear deal between Iran and all the other major world powers.
According to the deal, the Fordow nuclear facility was banned from producing nuclear material, in the order it remained a research plant only.
However, with this latest move, Fordow is now an active nuclear site and shows Iran has no intention to adhere to the terms of the deal.
The United States exited from the nuclear deal, which was made possible at the time of the Obama presidency.
Trump pushed Iran to economic paralyzes thereafter, by sanctioning the country on the pretext that the nuclear deal only gave Tehran a huge advantage.
Despite repeated disaster pre-empted messages from other EU nations, the US has continued to throttle the Iranian economy. On its part, Iran has made calculated moves.
Responding to Washington’s “maximum pressure” policy, Iran bypassed the restrictions of the deal step-by-step – first by breaching both its cap on stockpiled enriched uranium and on the fissile level of enrichment and second, by not encouraging dialogue with the US, unless the latter was willing to waive off heavy sanctions.
According to AEOI’s spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi, “The process will take a few hours to stabilize and by Saturday, when International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors will again visit the site, a uranium enrichment level of 4.5% will have been achieved.
All the centrifuges installed in Fordow are IR1 types. Uranium gas (UF6) was injected into four chains of IR1 centrifuges (696 centrifuges). Two other remaining chains of IR1 centrifuges (348 centrifuges) will be used for producing and enriching stable isotopes in the facility.”
Under the previous agreement, Iran had agreed to make use of the site as a nuclear, physics and technology center which would make civil use of the total 1,044 centrifuges. If not enriched, they could be used for producing stable isotopes.
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