Iran spokesman downplays uranium enrichment expansion
Iran downplayed the activation of more powerful uranium enrichment machines, reported on July 9, saying it was the latest step in a “technical” operation.
The International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations shared his new report with news agencies on Saturday indicating that Iran has stepped up its enrichment operations by deploying more advanced IR-6 centrifuges that can quickly switch between different levels of uranium purification.
Behruz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for Iran’s atomic organization, told local media on Sunday that his agency had informed the IAEA “at least two weeks earlier” of the operation, and “international media were exaggerating” the development. “with particular intentions”.
He added that the IR-6 centrifuges would produce 20% enriched uranium.
Kamalvandi went on to say that his agency is simply carrying out its mandate in accordance with Iranian law. He was referring to a law passed by parliament in 2020 requiring a higher degree of enrichment until the United States lifts economic sanctions.
Nuclear talks between Iran and world powers since April 2021 to reinstate the 2015 nuclear deal known as the JCPOA have been unsuccessful. Iran has been expanding its nuclear program since 2019 as US sanctions imposed by former President Donald Trump remain in place.
The United States and its European allies have repeatedly warned that expanding Iran’s nuclear program and talks to restore the JCPOA could become meaningless.