News ID: 325551
Published: 0959 GMT November 23, 2022

Iran nuclear chief: Enhancing uranium enrichment capacity in line with IAEA’s regulations

Iran nuclear chief: Enhancing uranium enrichment capacity in line with IAEA’s regulations

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran says increasing the capacity of uranium enrichment at its nuclear facilities is in line with the regulations of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Mohammad Eslami made the comments a day after he announced that Iran had begun enriching uranium to 60% purity at the Fordow nuclear site in response to the recent anti-Tehran resolution approved by the IAEA’s Board of Governors. 
The resolution, passed on Thursday, criticized Iran for what it called a lack of cooperation with the agency. It was submitted by the U.S., the UK, France and Germany. Russia and China voted against the motion.
Iran also said on Tuesday it had installed more advanced IR6 centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear site that will further accelerate the country’s uranium enrichment to the level of %60. 
 “In accordance with the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran developed new capacities for enriching uranium at Natanz and Fordow. The whole operations are in line with the IAEA’s regulations,” Eslami said. 
The Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions is a law approved by the Iranian parliament in December 2020.  The legislation prompted the Iranian administration to restrict the IAEA’s inspections and accelerate the development of the country’s nuclear program beyond the limits set by the JCPOA.
Eslami warned the IAEA that Iran will give a reciprocal response to political pressure and behavior. He has dismissed the recent anti-Tehran IAEA resolution as politically-motived.
 
   
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