Iran communicated to the United Nations monitoring dog the IAEA the concrete steps to produce uranium enriched metal up to 20% purity.
The United States and European powers have condemned Iran’s decision to produce uranium-enriched metal up to 20 percent purity, but the United States said the window for diplomacy to allow both to resume compliance with the ‘2015 nuclear deal remains open.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on Tuesday that Iran intends to enrich uranium by up to 20 percent, in the latest sign that talks in Vienna on reactivating the global action plan set could be stopped.
The move makes Iran a step closer to developing materials that can be used to make a nuclear weapon.
“It is worrying that Iran is choosing to increase its inaction [nuclear deal] commitments, especially with experiments that have value for nuclear weapons research, “U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters at a briefing.
“It is another unfortunate step back for Iran, especially when we have shown our sincere intention and our will to return to the [deal]”.
Since former President Donald Trump withdrew from the Joint Action Plan Agreement (JCPOA) in 2018, Iran has been breaching its restrictions to pressure other parties (the three European nations, Russia and China). ) to present economic incentives to offset the crippling American sanctions
Meanwhile, Germany, France and the United Kingdom also expressed “serious concerns,” saying in a joint statement that Iran “threatened a successful outcome of the Vienna talks.”
“Iran has no credible civilian needs 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 Germany said in a joint statement. .
“We strongly urge Iran to stop all activities that violate the JCPOA, without delay, and to return to negotiations in Vienna with a view to bringing them to a speedy conclusion,” the statement added.
The talks in Vienna are aimed at bringing the U.S. under new President Joe Biden back to the JCPOA. Biden has expressed his willingness if Iran meets the conditions.
The 2015 agreement aims to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Tehran denies it is looking for that arsenal.
However, talks that began in April have not progressed in recent weeks.
With Ebrahim Raisi, a new Conservative president, who will take office in Iran on August 3 and succeed the more moderate Hassan Rouhani, it is also unclear what will happen when they do.