On Wednesday, the United Nations nuclear watchdog said that Iran produced enriched uranium with more effective advanced centrifuges at its Fordow plant dug into a mountain. Further, it added that Iran is eroding the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action deal during nuclear dialogs with the West on saving it.
The recent announcement seemed to weaken indirect talks between the United States and Iran on bringing both countries fully back into the pummeled agreement that resumed this week after a five-month gap provoked by the 2021 election of hardline Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi. Western negotiators have concerns that Iran is establishing facts on the ground to gain leverage in negotiations.
Reuters: Iran makes nuclear advance at Fordow during talks to save deal
•Iran starts enriching at Fordow with advanced machines
•Move comes shortly after talks to revive deal resumed
•West fears Iran creating facts on ground for leverage
•IAEA report says agency plans 1/2👇
— Shahram (@Shahram95238643) December 1, 2021
On the 3rd day of this round of nuclear debate, the International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran had initiated the process of enriching uranium to up to twenty percent purity with one surge, or cluster, of one hundred and sixty-six, advanced IR-6 machines at Fordow. In addition, those machines are far more effective than the 1st-generation IR-1.
Emphasizing how badly eroded the atomic pact, that accord doesn’t allow Iran to enrich uranium at Fordow at all. So far, Iran produced enriched with some IR-1 machines and had enriched uranium with some IR-6s without holding the product. IAEA stated that Iran has around ninety-four IR-6 devices installed at Fordow, which is still not operating.
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A widespread IAEA report issued to member states that as a result of Iran’s step, the nuclear watchdog planned to accelerate inspections at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant that houses the centrifuges. However, the particulars still need to sort out. Iran talked down the reports as routine even though the IAEA, which doesn’t clearly give a reason for these types of reports, typically issues then just for major developments like new breaches of the nuclear curbs.
Former United States President Donald Trump discarded the nuclear agreement in 2018 and reimposed harsh United States sanctions, resulting in disappointment and anger for Iran and other member countries such as China, Germany, Britain, Russia, and France.
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