Iran: Only five days needed to reach 20% uranium enrichment — AEOI head warns

If the Iran nuclear deal comes to an end, Tehran could enrich uranium to 20 percent within five days, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Ali Akbar Salehi, said in Tehran on Sunday. «I cannot speak about the details, but, for example, if the top authorities order a restoration of previous activities, we would be able to return to the 20-percent [uranium] enrichment at the... Еще Fordow facility within four days,» said the AEOI head. At the same time he expressed hope that such a scenario would not happen. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action nuclear agreement with Iran was signed by then-US President Barack Obama, along with Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany, in 2015. It lifted international sanctions on Iran in return for long-term limits on its nuclear development programme. On January 12, US President Donald Trump set a 120-day deadline for US lawmakers and European allies, including the UK, France and Germany, to overhaul the accord or threatened to withdraw the US from the deal. The three European signatories have begun working through a plan to appease Trump by addressing Iran's missile programme while preserving the nuclear deal. At the moment, the future of the Iran nuclear deal still remains uncertain.

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