This move is likely to help Iran hone its knowledge of the enrichment process – something Western powers generally condemn because it is irreversible – but since this time the product is not collected, it will not speed up. immediately Iranian production of enriched uranium as close as possible to weapons – class. This, however, prompted the International Atomic Energy Agency to “increase the frequency and intensity of its security screening activities” at the Natanz Surface Fuel Enrichment Pilot Plant (PFEP), said. IAEA in a report seen by Reuters. From around 90% uranium is considered military grade.
The IAEA said in a statement describing the report that Iran informed it last week about changes to the configuration of centrifuges, machines that enrich uranium, at the plant – Iran would supply uranium enriched up to 20% in a limited number of additional centrifuges without collecting the product.
Iran had said it planned to also feed up to 20% enriched uranium to other simple centrifuges or small and medium-sized cascades, or groups, of machines on the same line, but these were not not powered at the time, according to the IAEA. noted.
Iran has yet to announce a date to resume talks in Vienna on reactivating the 2015 nuclear pact under which it limited its nuclear program in return for relief from economic sanctions by the United States, the ‘EU and UN.
Then-US President Donald Trump abandoned the pact in 2018 and reimposed tough US sanctions. About a year later, Iran began to violate some of the limits of the uranium enrichment agreement.