News ID: 255882
Published: 0955 GMT July 16, 2019

Iran to keep uranium enrichment at 4.5% level for now

Iran to keep uranium enrichment at 4.5% level for now

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Tuesday that Tehran has no plan to surpass the current 4.5% enrichment level for now.

“For now, the level of our uranium enrichment stands at 4.5% and we have no plan to increase it,” he said, according to IRNA.

Kamalvandi underlined that the 4.5% enrichment has already met Iran’s domestic needs and Iran can supply the fuel required for Tehran reactor for the next years.

He finally added that Iran doesn’t need a 20% enrichment for the time being, but may consider it in the next phase of its nuclear activities.

In May, a year after US President Donald Trump's decision to abandon the deal, Iran suspended some of its commitments under Article 26 and Article 36 of the nuclear deal, giving the other signatories a first 60-day deadline to turn their verbal support for the accord into concrete action.

On Monday, Kamalvandi said that Tehran’s retaliatory decision to reduce some of its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is within the framework of the accord which says if one side fails to deliver on its commitments, the right is reserved for the other party to reconsider its obligations, Press TV reported.

“Iran’s decision to reduce its JCPOA commitments was not out of intransigence and rather aims to give diplomacy a chance and make the other party come to its senses and act upon its obligations,” Kamalvandi said.

He added that Iran’s uranium stockpile surpassed 300 kilograms after the 60-day ultimatum to Europeans and Tehran was no longer obliged to export the surplus heavy water anymore as it was required under the deal.

“Currently, we have gone beyond 3.67% [uranium] enrichment and are also producing the enriched material required for nuclear plant fuel with 4.5% purity,” he added.


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