Iran has warned the UN IAEA watchdog of concrete measures to produce enriched metal uranium up to 20 percent purity.
The United States and European powers have condemned Iran’s decision to produce enriched uranium metal at 20 percent purity, but the United States has said the window for diplomacy to allow both to regain respect for the the 2015 nuclear deal was open.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Tuesday that Iran intends to enrich uranium by 20 percent, in the latest sign, Vienna talks on resuming joint plan common action could stop it.
The move brings Iran one step closer to the development of materials that could be used to manufacture a nuclear weapon.
“It’s worrying that Iran chooses to scale back its shortfall [nuclear deal] commitments, particularly with experiments that have value for nuclear weapons research, ”U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters.
“It is another unfortunate step backwards for Iran, especially when we for our part have demonstrated our sincere intention and our willingness to return to the [deal]. “
Since former President Donald Trump withdrew from the Comprehensive Joint Action Plan (JCPOA) agreement in 2018, Iran has gradually violated its restrictions to put pressure on the remaining parties – the three European nations, Russia and China – to come up with economic incentives to compensate for crippling US sanctions
Meanwhile, Germany, France and the United Kingdom have also expressed “grave concern”, saying in a joint statement that Iran “threatened a successful outcome to the Vienna talks”.
“Iran does not have a credible civilian need for R&D and production of uranium metal, which are a key step in the development of a nuclear weapon,” the United Kingdom, France and the United Kingdom said in a joint statement. Germany.
“We strongly urge Iran to stop all activities in violation of the JCPOA without delay and to return to negotiations in Vienna with a view to bringing it to a speedy conclusion,” the statement added.
Discussions in Vienna are aimed at bringing the US back under new President Joe Biden to the JCPOA. Biden expressed his readiness if conditions are met by Iran.
The 2015 agreement is intended to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Tehran denies seeking such an arsenal.
However, discussions that began in April have not progressed in recent weeks.
With Ebrahim Raisi, a new conservative president, due to take office in Iran on August 3 and succeed the more moderate Hassan Rouhani, it is still unclear what will happen when they do.