Iran Raises Uranium Enrichment Level in Breach of Nuclear Deal

From the press briefing (L-R): Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi, Iran's government spokesman Ali Rabiei and Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi (Photo: AP)

Iran said Sunday it would further scale back its commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, raising its uranium enrichment level beyond agreed levels to produce fuel for its power plants. 

The announcement was made in a joint news conference by Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, government spokesman Ali Rabiei, and Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi in Tehran.

The senior officials said Iran would produce uranium at 5% enrichment, above the agreed cap of 3.67%. They added that Tehran would keep reducing its commitments every 60 days unless signatories of the pact moved to protect it from US sanctions.

“We will enrich uranium based on our needs ... right now we don’t need to enrich uranium needed for Tehran reactor,” said Kamalvandi. “We will enrich uranium to the level that is needed for the Bushehr reactor.”

 

[Sources: Reuters, Tehran Times]