Published: Wed, September 11, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

IAEA: Iran Installing More Advanced Centrifuges for Uranium Enrichment

IAEA: Iran Installing More Advanced Centrifuges for Uranium Enrichment

The International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday its inspectors verified new centrifuges, including 30 advanced IR-6 and three IR-6s models, had been or were being installed but not yet tested.

But in response to USA sanctions imposed since Washington withdrew from the deal in May a year ago, Iran has been breaching the limits it imposed on its atomic activities step by step.

China has blamed the United States for tensions over Iran's nuclear program and called for world powers to stick to their 2015 deal with Tehran.

Iran's atomic energy chief has slammed European powers, saying the EU's broken agreements have left the country with no option but to reduce its commitments in the 2015 nuclear deal. In a Saturday article headlined "Iran Breaks With More Limits in Nuclear Deal as It Pushes for European Aid", the paper makes the point that while Iran, four months ago, had been "continuing to comply" with the limits on nuclear fuel refining imposed under the deal that the U.S. had violated by reimposing sanctions lifted under that agreement, but that the Tehran was now saying it would "no longer abide by" an agreement that the United States was violating.

A centrifuge enriches uranium by spinning uranium hexafluoride gas.

"As far as the other side does not implement their commitments, they should not expect Iran to fulfill its commitments", Kamalvandi said, adding Iran had the ability to go beyond 20 percent enrichment of uranium.

That's because the Trump administration, acting on its own, foolishly pulled out unilaterally from that agreement, and has been imposing sanctions on Iran, all of which has been in violation of the agreement, and which, by violating its terms, effectively terminates the agreement.

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Iran has pleaded for help from Europe to dodge the sanctions but efforts by Britain, France and Germany have largely proved unsuccessful.

The deal only lets Iran produce enriched uranium with just over 5,000 of its first-generation IR-1 centrifuge machines.

I also stressed the need for Iran to respond promptly to Agency questions related to the completeness of Iran's safeguards declarations. He said he was pleased with the tone and input from the Iranian side, and his message had been "very well understood".

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday: "The U.S. should abandon wrong practices such as unilateral sanctions and maximum pressure on Iran".

French President Emmanuel Macron has been talking both to Washington and Tehran about a proposal to create a $15 billion line of credit for Iran to entice it to remain in the nuclear deal.

Bringing the more advanced centrifuges online would give the Iranians' the ability to enrich more uranium, and to a higher degree of purity.

According to Reuters, vague reports that radioactive material had been detected at the site have been known for some time, but now two diplomats tasked with assisting worldwide oversight of Iran's nuclear programs have confirmed that it was uranium.

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