Iran warns of enriching uranium with a new technology

The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran has begun enriching uranium at its underground plant in Natanz with a second type of advanced centrifuge, the IR-4. In a report cited by Reuters.

Referring to uranium hexafluoride, a gas used by Islamic Hezbollah, the agency said: “On March 15, 2021, the agency verified that Iran had begun feeding a series of 174 IR-4 centrifuges that had already been installed in its plant to enrich fuel using VI. Natural uranium fluoride. ” Republic to power centrifuges.

The agency added: “In short, as of March 15, 2021, Iran was using 5,060 IR-1 centrifuges installed in 30 series, 522 IR-2m centrifuges installed in three successive batches and 174 centrifuges from The IR-4 model installed in one chain. ” To RTenespañol.

The data sheds light on another violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the Persian nation and world powers (Russia, China, Germany, France and the United Kingdom), which only allows you to enrich it in your underground plant. Infrared machines. 1 first generation.

According to Reuters, the recent acceleration of violations of the nuclear agreement by Iran will constitute an attempt to pressure President Joe Biden, as the two sides, the United States and Iran, are reluctant to take the first step to salvaging the agreement.

Tehran’s violations began in 2019, in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and the re-imposition of economic sanctions on Iran by President Donald Trump. A well-known opponent of the Iranian government.

In late February, Iran rejected the possibility of an informal meeting with the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany to discuss possible ways to reactivate the 2015 nuclear deal, and insisted that Washington must first unilaterally lift all sanctions imposed on it.

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The Biden administration has repeatedly expressed its willingness to return to the deal, despite its insistence that Iran must first resume full compliance. Tehran, for its part, warns that it will not return to its nuclear commitments until the United States lifts the sanctions.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, signed by Iran and the 5 + 1 Group (the United Kingdom, China, France, Russia, the United States and Germany) in 2015, provided for the lifting of a series of sanctions imposed on Tehran in exchange for its commitment not to develop or acquire nuclear weapons. .

The agreement sets a fissile purity of 3.67% at which Iran can refine uranium. However, Tehran began to increase uranium enrichment rates beyond this limit, after former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on the country.

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