Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi visited Natanz nuclear facilities on Monday where he initiated the process of feeding gas into a chain of 30 IR6 centrifuges, essentially doubling the number of centrifuges producing enriched uranium in the facility.
«We were not supposed to have the 30-chain [of IR6 centrifuges] for now. We were supposed to have it after 3-4... Еще years,” said Salehi who added the political pressure on Iran had led to the decision.
The inauguration of the centrifuges, which sees the level of low-enriched uranium production go from 450 grams (1 pound) to 5 kilograms (11 pounds), comes as Iran further departs from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) also known as Iran nuclear deal.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is expected to make an announcement later in the week, detailing Iran’s fourth step to lower its commitments to the nuclear deal.
Following US’s announcement last May it was leaving the nuclear accord and the failure of the deal’s European signatories to uphold their commitments under the agreement, Tehran announced it would also lower its compliance with the JCPOA.
The announcement coincided with Iran’s commemorating the 40th anniversary of the US embassy takeover in 1979.
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