Iran will increase uranium enrichment in the wake of the nuclear talks
Iran intends to significantly increase the purity of its enriched uranium in a provocation that would bring weapons closer to the level and reduce efforts to revive the international nuclear deal.
Tehran reported on Tuesday that it had informed the UN nuclear guard that it had decided to triple the enrichment of radioactive metal to 60 percent.
Iranian media reported that the country’s move last weekend was in response to an alleged foreign attack at the Natanz facility (the largest site that enriched uranium).
Tehran, which is a secret Israeli, has caused a blackout and suggested it has caused extensive damage. Israel has not confirmed or denied responsibility.
“Iran will add 1,000 more centrifuges that are 50 percent more powerful than existing machines at the Natanz site, in addition to replacing those affected [in the incident]”Said Iranian Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi.
The announcement came as negotiators for the remaining signatories to the nuclear deal — Iran, the EU, Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and China — ready to resume talks on the 2015 Vienna agreement and open the way for the U.S. to join the deal. .
President Joe Biden said Washington is ready enter again the deal, which Donald Trump canceled in 2018, if Iran is re-complied with.
Tehran’s enrichment movement will raise concerns in European capitals about options for talks on the deal. Iran accepted the limit of its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of many international sanctions.
A European diplomat called the announcement a “maximum provocation” aimed at winning the lever. The official added that it would be “too early to say” what effect the negotiations would have.
The Trump administration imposed severe sanctions on Iran while increasing Tehran’s breach of the agreement’s limits, including increasing the purity of pre-enriched uranium, from 3.67 percent to 20% agreed under the agreement.
Diplomats said the Vienna talks had progressed over the past week, but that many obstacles remain, including the sequencing of moves by Washington and Tehran.
Iran’s top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has established that many are an impossible condition for reversing the country’s nuclear progress: the US wants to lift sanctions as soon as possible and give Tehran time to verify that.
An insider in the Iranian regime said the US “has no intention of removing sanctions and is only there [playing] game with Iran, even the Islamic republic has no intention of backing down ”.
“Meanwhile, Israel is trying to dismantle Iran’s nuclear program through sabotage,” the insider said.
Israeli media have cited unnamed Israeli officials, citing the role the Jewish state played in the Natanz incident.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been one of the most notorious critics of the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers in 2015, and Trump has backed the U.S. decision to withdraw from the deal and impose sanctions on the republic.
Netanyahu has made it clear that he is opposed to Biden’s approach.
In recent months, Israel and Iran have denounced allegations that they are at war in the shadows.
In November, Israel denounced the killing of chief nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh by Israel. At the time of the assassination of the Israeli intelligence minister he said he did not know who was behind the incident.
The Islamic Republic and the Jewish state have also accused each other of attacking the ships in their respective containers.
Iranian media reported that an Israeli ship was attacked from the waters of the Basque Country on Tuesday without giving many details. In February, Israel denounced Iran for directing an Israeli-owned ship in an explosion in the Gulf of Oman. Iran has refused to participate.
A month later, Tehran said an Iranian container ship was the target of a “terrorist attack” in the Mediterranean Sea, and another ship exploded in the Red Sea in April.
The announcement of Iran’s enrichment denounced Russia as undermining efforts to revive the EU’s nuclear deal and came within hours of imposing sanctions on Tehran officials for serious human rights violations.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Tuesday denounced it as “worse than a crime” for violating travel bans by the EU and freezing assets of eight commanders of the Iranian security force over a deadly crackdown on 2019 protesters.