Published: Sun, November 10, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran says enriching uranium to five percent

Iran says enriching uranium to five percent

Iran was already enriching uranium at another plant in Natanz, where a United Nations inspector was denied access to the site last week.

"The organization has the possibility to produce 5%, 20% and 60%, and has this capacity", AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said.

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"The reason that this lady was denied entrance was that she was suspected of carrying some material", said Kamlavandi, referring to the allegations.

On Thursday, the Islamic Republic said that it had resumed uranium production at the facility.

Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, told reporters in Vienna that after setting off the alarms, the inspector "sneaked out" to the bathroom while awaiting a more thorough inspection with a device that can detect explosive material. He claimed authorities later found contamination in the bathroom and on her empty handbag.

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In response, Tehran gave the nuclear deal's remaining signatories another two months to circumvent USA sanctions, which have curbed Iranian oil sales by some 80%.

"IAEA inspectors must be allowed to conduct their critical work unimpeded. We call on Iran to immediately resolve all open issues with the IAEA and to afford Agency inspectors the privileges and immunities to which they are entitled".

"All board members need to make clear now and going forward that such actions are completely unacceptable, will not be tolerated and must have consequences", Wolcott said in remarks released to journalists.

The 2015 deal set a 3.67% limit for uranium enrichment but Iran announced it would no longer respect it after Washington unilaterally abandoned the agreement previous year and reimposed crippling sanctions.

Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the JCPOA after the U.S. withdrawal, but the three European Union parties to the deal (France, Britain, and Germany) have failed to ensure Iran's economic interests.

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