Iran moving towards enriching uranium with advanced centrifuges

Elias Hubbard
September 11, 2019

Cornel Feruta was addressing the quarterly board meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) a day after meeting high-level Iranian officials in Tehran.

The International Atomic Energy Agency reported its inspectors verified the installation of new centrifuges.

Israeli intelligence agents translated the files and provided the information to world powers in order to enlighten and warn them about the violations of the nuclear deal that Iran had been carrying out, along with the highly advanced nuclear technology that had already taken place prior to the JCPOA negotiations that Iran had lied about in the first place. The nuclear work at this facility appeared to fall outside of the details handed over by Tehran as part of the agreement.

Tehran has always insisted that its nuclear ambitions are merely civilian.

Iran's nuclear chief said on Sunday that European parties to the 2015 nuclear deal have failed to fulfill their commitments under the pact.

"Yesterday, I visited Tehran for talks with senior Iranian officials".

The IAEA said on Saturday that it found uranium traces at an Iranian "atomic warehouse".

Although one of the diplomats added that there are many possible explanations for the presence of the uranium at the site, Iran has offered none whatsoever to the IAEA.

On Friday Iran's Atomic Energy Authority upped the stakes further by saying it had started lifting restrictions imposed on its nuclear research by the 2015 deal. "If it's going to be one-way, the Islamic Republic of Iran will definitely make the right decisions at the right time like it has done with these three steps", he said. "The Agency continues to pursue this objective with Iran", the report said.

He added: "Time is of the essence".

Mandelker then noted that Iranian oil sales have taken a "serious nose dive" because of USA pressure.

U.S. President Donald Trump wants to force Iran to renegotiate the 2015 accord, arguing that the terms were not tough enough to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and agree to curbs to its ballistic-missile program. He said the US and other IAEA member states were "eager to get a full report as soon as possible".

"The U.S. should abandon wrong practices such as unilateral sanctions and maximum pressure on Iran", Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said in Beijing.

The Washington Post wasn't any better, screaming that Iran had "breached" the agreement and was pursuing more intensive refining of uranium fuel.

He said the facility was discovered in the records Israel says it seized from an Iranian nuclear warehouse early previous year.

Iran had already announced the step, its latest violation of the 2015 agreement as it tries to pressure European signatories to find a way to maintain oil shipments and ease the toll of USA sanctions on the Iranian economy.

A centrifuge enriches uranium by spinning uranium hexafluoride gas.

The other signatories - Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation, as well as the European Union - have been struggling to salvage the agreement and find a way to meet Tehran's demands. If they refine to 20%, a level they have yet to reach, it would be a short technological step to the purity required to manufacture a nuclear warhead.

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