Iran has resumed enriching 20 percent uranium at its underground Fordow nuclear facility, according to its government spokesman, in a move that further breaches terms of a landmark nuclear deal signed with world powers in 2015.
“A few hours ago the process to inject the gas began and the first UF6 enriched uranium product will be reached in a few more hours,” Ali Rabiei said.
Iran had informed the United Nation’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it would soon begin enriching 20 percent uranium, which is higher than the current 4.5 percent level of enrichment, but still far below the 90 percent level that is considered weapons-grade.
The Islamic republic had previously committed to capping uranium enrichment at 3.67 percent as part of the nuclear deal.
It also agreed to ship most of its enriched uranium out of the country and allow no enrichment at Fordow, which was to be converted into a nuclear, physics and technology centre.
But exactly one year after United States President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal and imposed harsh economic sanctions on Iran, the country abandoned that limit.
Tehran has since maintained that its steps are completely and quickly reversible as soon as the US and Europe return to their own commitments under the deal.
SOURCE : AL JAZEERA