Iran begins supplying gas to new centrifuges

Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said an order had been issued to start supplying gas to hundreds of new centrifuges, including the IR1 and the More advanced IR6.

“These centrifuges are advanced machines and this matter has already been brought to the agency’s attention,” Kamalvandi said. saidreferring to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

He further said that this decision is in line with the implementation of the strategic action plan to lift sanctions and protect the interests of the Iranian nation, a piece of legislation adopted in 2020 by the Iranian parliament, and the objective of the country to reach a level of enrichment of 190,000 separate work units (UTS).

The spokesperson said parliament had previously forced the AEOI to start operating 1,000 IR6 centrifuges, among other measures. According to Kamalvandi, 500 IR6 centrifuges have been installed in nuclear facilities, while their launch process will take about 10-15 days. The remaining centrifuges are underway, he added.

Meanwhile, Iran and other signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal (JCPOA) are currently considering a new plan proposed by EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell to revive the deal in a near future.

Referring to the injection of gas into centrifuges, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on August 2 that Iran started injecting as an act of defiance following new US sanctions against entities trading in Iranian oil and petrochemicals.

He warned the United States not to try to pressure Iran with new sanctions, saying that “let them put aside their excessive demands. We adhere to logic and negotiation and are determined to reach a solid agreement. But if America wants to continue on its current path, we will never stand idly by.

Amir-Abdollahian described recent US sanctions against Iran as “ineffective” and “irrational” actions orchestrated by US President Joe Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

“The timing of these latest sanctions came as a surprise to Iran, as Tehran had in recent days received messages from the US President through mediators about the willingness of the United States to return to the nuclear deal. of 2015,” he said.

Meanwhile, AEOI chief Mohammad Eslami said on August 1 that “Iran has the technical capacity to build an atomic bombbut there is no such plan on the agenda.

In an interview with the Fars news site, Eslami also said that his organization cooperates constructively with the IAEA and that there are no disruptions in this cooperation.

“All our capabilities are carried out under the supervision of the agency based on the NPT treaty and the safeguards agreement,” he added, referring to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.

Iran removed the 27 IAEA cameras monitoring its facilities on June 9 following the resolution blame Iran for not answering questions about traces of uranium found at three undeclared sites.

IAEA chief Rafael Grossi said on July 22 that Iran’s nuclear program was “galloping aheadand that the agency had very limited visibility into what was going on.

On July 31, Iran’s chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani expressed Tehran’s willingness to conclude the talks on reviving the 2015 nuclear deal in a short period of time, saying Iran was working closely with the nuclear deal partners and the coordinator of the EU Enrique Mora, “to give America one more chance to demonstrate its goodwill and responsibility.”

According to Mohammad Eslami, work will begin in the coming weeks to build a research reactor at the Isfahan uranium conversion facility. He said on July 27 that the nuclear fuel production at the Isfahan plant was one of the AEOI programs that would allow Iran to join the ranks of clean fuel manufacturers in the world.

Referring to Iranian power plants, Eslami said one plant had already been built to produce 1,000 MW and another was under construction. According to him, it would produce 2,000 MW, the objective of the organization being to increase this figure to 10,000 MW.

Since April 2021, Iran and world powers have been engaged in negotiations in Vienna to revive the agreement which had collapsed after the US withdrawal in 2018. However, the talks have stalled since March 2022. In June 2022, Qatar hosted the indirect talks between Iran and the United States, but they ended without progress.

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