Tehran: Iran announced Saturday that it had activated advanced centrifuges to boost its reserves of enriched uranium, part of its plan to scale back its commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal in response to the US’ unilateral withdrawal from the pact.
As a third step in Iran’s reduction of commitments under the deal, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) activated 20 IR-4 and 20 IR-6 centrifuges, Press TV quoted the body’s spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi as saying in a news conference here.
A total of 20 such centrifuges are now operational, he said, adding that Iran had the right to reduce its commitments to the nuclear deal since other signatories were not upholding their end of the deal. “We have started lifting limitations on our Research and Development imposed by the deal, it will include development of more rapid and advanced centrifuges. “All these steps are reversible if the other side fulfils its promises,” he added. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will continue to monitor the Iranian programme and it has already been notified of the new measures, Kamalvandi said. Part of the nuclear deal required the Islamic Republic to reduce its centrifuges by two thirds and use only its first-generation apparatus in exchange of slight easing of international sanctions. “It is not a violation to the deal, it is a rectification,” Kamalvandi said, warning Europe it was running out of time to react. (IANS)
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