UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The Iranian Atomic Energy Organization announced that after the fifth step of reducing Tehran’s nuclear obligations, it had exceeded its enriched uranium reserve by less than 5%, the barrier of 1200 kg.
This was reported by Ali Asghar Zaran, the special assistant to the head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization, during an inspection tour of the Fordow nuclear reactor south of Tehran, where he stressed that after the fifth step, Tehran was able to enrich uranium at whatever percentage it wanted.
The Iranian official added that Tehran started a project to manufacture centrifuges twice as powerful as the eighth generation IR8, and said: “We will announce the production of new centrifuges next April.”
He continued: “We currently produce 10 kg per day of enriched uranium at less than 5%, while the production amount was 7.5 kg per day before the signing of the nuclear agreement.”
Iran had threatened a few days ago to review its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency in response to the escalation of European pressure by hinting the activation of the dispute settlement mechanism in the nuclear agreement.
Earlier, the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization announced that uranium enrichment operations at the Fordow facility would continue despite the re-imposition of sanctions by the United States.
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