Iran says 60 percent enrichment is reversible, meaning it shows nuclear power


Dubai-Iran has begun to concentrate uranium to 60% purity to demonstrate its technical capabilities after a sabotage attack on a nuclear power plant. The move can be quickly undone if the US lifts sanctions, the Iranian government said Tuesday.

Negotiations in Vienna aimed at making the United States and Iran fully compliant with the 2015 nuclear deal are further complicated by the explosion at Iran’s major uranium enrichment facility in Natanz.

Iran replied that it enriched uranium to a fissionable material purity of 60%. This is a major step from the previously achieved 20% to the weapons grade. The 2015 agreement between Iran and the world’s major powers has limited the level of enrichment purity to 3.67%. It is suitable for the production of civilian nuclear energy. Iran has denied seeking nuclear weapons.

“The start of the 60% enrichment in Natanz was a demonstration of our technical ability to respond to terrorist sabotage at these facilities,” Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiee told Tehran reporters. It was.

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A satellite photo of Planet Labs Inc. shows the Natanz nuclear facility in Iran on April 14, 2021. (Planet Labs via AP)

“Similar to the previous step (to curb Iran’s commitment to the 2015 nuclear agreement) … if other parties fulfill their obligations, this measure will return to the enrichment levels agreed in the nuclear agreement. It can be canceled immediately, “Raviei said. I live on a state-owned website.

Tehran says the Natanz explosion was a sabotage by Israel and Iranian authorities nominated suspects on Saturday. Israel has not officially commented on the case.

Iran said it was enriching uranium by 60 percent in response to the explosion.

Iran and the world’s major powers have made some progress on how to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, which was later abandoned by the United States, and the tentative deal could be a way to gain time for a lasting reconciliation. Iranian officials said on Monday.

In Jerusalem, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi visited the British Cabinet Office Minister Michel Gove and said that Iran should not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons.

“Iran is undermining the stability of the entire Middle East, and the international community must act to prevent Iran from achieving its nuclear weapons capabilities. It is neither today nor the future,” an Israeli statement said Ashkenazy. Quoted.

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