Iran begins enriching uranium to 60 at its Fordo plant

Iran begins enriching uranium to 60% at its Fordo plant in response to IAEA

Iranian authorities have begun enriching uranium to 60 percent at the Fordo plant, confirmed the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), in response to a resolution by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in which it criticized Tehran for not cooperating with the agency’s investigation into traces of uranium found in at least three of its facilities.

“In response to the Resolution of the Board of Governors, the Atomic Energy Organization (of Iran) has increased uranium to 60% at the Fordow nuclear power plant”The Iranian government reported Tuesday.

The AEAI indicated that for the first time the works for the production of uranium hexafluoride at 60 percent enrichment and recalled that it already enriches uranium to this level at the Natanz plant, where it has injected gas into two new chains of advanced centrifuges, as reported by the Iranian news agency Mehr.

He also explained that the authorities began the passivation of two other chains with a view to injecting gas into them over the next few days, as well as the beginning of the installation works of a B1000 unit with capacity for eight new cascades.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said on Monday that he would adopt “reciprocal” measures to the IAEA’s decision to approve said resolution, before stressing that Tehran will respond to the “unconstructive measures”. On the contrary, he stressed that Iran will maintain its “constructive interaction” with those who want to choose this path.

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“Iran’s actions are a response to the recent resolution of the IAEA Board of Governors, a resolution issued unfortunately after the political action of the United States and three European countries,” he criticized, before stressing that these countries “imposed” the resolution through “political pressure”. Kanani further stated that the details of the decision had been communicated to the IAEA.

The text approved by the international body, proposed by United States, United Kingdom, France and Germany, it was supported by 26 of the 35 members that make up the IAEA Board of Governors.

China and Russia opposed the move, while at least five countries abstained, amid tensions due to the lack of agreement to reactivate the 2015 nuclear pact, damaged by the decision of the United States to withdraw unilaterally in 2018 and by Tehran’s response measures, which has abandoned part of its commitments.

In fact, the Iranian authorities confirmed that They have more than 200 kilos of enriched uranium above the levels set in the 2015 agreement, which contemplates that Iran can only enrich four percent. Tehran assured during the last months that could enrich uranium to 90 percent, necessary for nuclear weapons.

Its enriched uranium reserves, in different purities (2%, 5%, 20% and 60%), amount to 3 thousand 673.7 kilos, compared to the 300 kilos allowed (with a maximum purity of 3.67%), under the nuclear agreement.

(With information from Europe Press Y EFE)