1050 GMT May 13, 2021
Iranian president’s chief of staff said the country’s success in producing the first batch of 60 percent enriched uranium for peaceful purposes is a clear sign of its advances and capabilities and an explicit message to the ill-wishers.
In a tweet on Friday, Mahmoud Vaezi added Iran’s success to start 60 percent uranium enrichment conveys a clear message that the country has managed to domestically develop the nuclear technology and neither the assassination of its nuclear scientists nor perpetration of acts of sabotage at its nuclear facilities will stop its progress and movement in this field, IRNA reported.
On Friday, top Iranian officials announced that the country’s scientists have managed to produce their first batch of 60-percent enriched uranium in Natanz, central Iran, days after a nuclear facility in the city came under a terrorist attack, Press TV wrote.
The act of sabotage came on Sunday, a day after Iran began feeding gas to cascades of new, advanced centrifuges and unveiled 133 achievements to mark its National Nuclear Technology Day.
"Sixty percent enrichment is currently underway at the Shahid Ahmadi Roshan nuclear facility" in Natanz, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi said on Friday.
In late November 2020, Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was assassinated in a small city east of the capital Tehran in an ambush attack on his vehicle.
Vaezi stressed that this blessed achievement is also a response to all those who would constantly say that Iran’s nuclear industry has been shut down following the signing of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), between Tehran and the P5+1 in July 2015, in a bid to deceive the people.
He gave the assurance that this comes as the Iranian government has numerously stressed that the nuclear accord has never impeded the domestic nuclear industry’s progress and will never do so.
In May 2018, the US, under an executive order signed by its former president Donald Trump, withdrew from the JCPOA and reimposed its unilateral sanctions against Iran in a bid to cripple the country’s economy and bring Tehran to the negotiating table to hammer out a new deal.
Being part of the former US administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against the Islamic Republic, the sanctions have mainly targeted Iran’s oil and banking sectors. They, however, have failed to produce the desired result thanks to the Iranians’ maximum resistance.
The Israeli regime as well as some of its regional and international allies played a major role in making Washington quit the agreement.
Iran returned the non-commitment to the JCPOA by Washington and others with a set of gradual nuclear countermeasures, such as a phased increase in its uranium enrichment level.
In early April, the deal’s remaining signatories launched fresh talks in the Austrian capital of Vienna to examine the possibility of fresh sanction relief and reversal of Iran’s retaliatory steps on the back of the rekindled hope within the international community of a US return to the deal and fulfillment of its commitments now that the country sees Joe Biden in the Oval Office.
The Islamic Republic says it refuses any talks with the US as long as it keeps the sanctions in place. Iran also asserts that it will reverse its retaliatory measures only when the latter lifts all sanctions in a manner that could be verifiable by Tehran.