Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesperson of Iranian Atomic Energy Organization has stated that Iran will inform International Atomic Energy Agency about its starting of uranium enrichment capacity in the country. Iran has thus announced that it will start the process of increasing its capacity to produce UF6 on Tuesday and will officially inform the UN watchdog.
Kamalvandi stated that Iran had the capacity to speed the production of its centrifuges which are used to enrich uranium to UF6 a basic requirement for feedstock for centrifuges. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei the Supreme Leader of Iran had ordered the increase in nuclear enrichment capacity if the nuclear deal fails. European powers who still favour the nuclear deal have raised concerns about Iran’s ballistic missile program and its growing influence in the Middle-east region. Iranian administration has labelled the two as non-negotiable clauses.
The JCPOA had limited Iran to enrich its uranium to 3.67 percent which is far below the level of 90 percent needed for developing the nuclear weapons. Iran completely complied with the deal and limited its enrichment to the satisfaction of the world powers. In return, it got a relief from the sanctions. Before the Pact, Iran had successfully enriched its uranium to a purity of 20 percent.
After the US exit from the Deal, EU leaders pledged to keep the Iranian trade in oil flowing and secure its investments but the latter will be difficult in the wake of US sanctions. Iran has instead categorically stated that Tehran will resume its 20 percent nuclear enrichment if the European nations fail to keep the Pact alive.