IRAN (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — Iran said on Saturday it was enriching uranium to 5 percent after a series of steps in which it fell short of its obligations under a 2015 deal from which Washington pulled out.
Under the nuclear agreement, Iran is committed to halting the enrichment activities at the Fordow facility and not to enrich uranium-235 by more than 3,67%.
On Thursday, however, it resumed those activities at Fordow, noting that the centrifuge activity is progressing gradually until Saturday, producing 4.5 percent enriched uranium.
“Based on our needs and what we have been asked to produce now (5 percent),” said Behrooz Kamalundi, spokesman for the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization.
He added that Iran has “the capacity to produce (in percentages) 5%, 20%, 60% or any other percentage.”
5% is still lower than Iran (20%), and well below that required for a nuclear bomb (90%).
Iran’s announcement of the resumption of activities at the Fordow facility has alarmed European capitals Paris, London and Berlin, signatories to the Vienna agreement, and called on Tehran to reverse its decisions.
The resumption of work at Fordow is Iran’s fourth step in the context of a policy of reducing its nuclear obligations announced in May in response to the U.S. reimposition of sanctions after it unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018.
Tehran has since sought to pressure countries still part of the deal to help them circumvent US sanctions.
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