Iran has begun production of 60 percent enriched uranium at the Fordo underground nuclear facility. This was reported today by the state media, according to which the move is a response to the resolution of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). She confirmed the information today.
A satellite image from Planet Labs shows Iran’s underground Fordo nuclear facility.
Iran has begun producing highly enriched uranium, up to 60 percent. It uses the existing two cascades of IR-6 type centrifuges in the Fordo facility.
Iran is already enriching uranium to 60 percent in an underground complex near the city of Natanz. To produce a nuclear weapon, uranium enriched to values of around 90 percent is needed. But experts have warned in recent months that Iran now has enough uranium enriched to 60 percent to make fuel for at least one nuclear bomb. Tehran maintains that its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes.Read more Iran collected and sealed IAEA nuclear surveillance cameras
“In a letter, Iran informed the IAEA that it has begun enriching uranium to 60 percent at the Fordo site,” Iran’s ISNA news agency said, saying it was a “strong response” to the agency’s latest resolution. The IAEA has announced that it is going to increase the frequency and intensity of its verification activities at Ford.
Britain, France and Germany today jointly condemned Iran’s plans to expand uranium enrichment at its two facilities. “Iran’s move is a challenge to the global non-proliferation system,” the three countries said in a joint statement. According to them, the step has no plausible civilian justification, but carries with it significant risks related to the spread of nuclear weapons. “We will continue to consult together with international partners on how best to respond to Iran’s continued nuclear escalation,” added the trio of European powers.Read more Borrell: Iran nuclear deal talks deadlocked
Iran enriches uranium to 20 percent in most of its nuclear facilities, but this is already in violation of the international agreement on its nuclear program, which allows it to enrich only up to 3.67 percent.
In 2015, Iran signed a deal with world powers that included easing sanctions against Iran in exchange for curbs on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions and guarantees that Iran would not develop nuclear weapons. However, US President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and renewed sanctions against Iran. Iran then started violating the agreement. Negotiations on the renewal of the agreement are stagnating.
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