World Iran has reduced the number of centrifuges enriching from 60% uranium, according to IAEA
Attack on Iran's Natanz plant muddies US, Iran nuke talks
WASHINGTON (AP) — The attack on Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility is casting a major shadow over Tuesday’s resumption of indirect talks between the U.S. and Iran over resurrection of the international accord limiting Iran's nuclear program. Neither Iran nor the U.S. say the incident will crater the negotiations. But the attack and the destruction of a significant amount of Iran’s uranium enrichment capability add uncertainty to the discussions in Vienna. The attack gives both sides reason to harden their positions, yet each has incentives to keep the talks on track.
Iran-Nucleaire-AIEA: Iran has reduced the number of centrifuges enriching from 60% uranium, according to IAEA
by Francois Murphy
Vienne (Reuters) - Iran has reduced the number of centrifuges enriching uranium at 60% in its underground site of Natanz, with a single "home" of centrifuges against two before, Thursday said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in a report that Reuters could to consult.
Tehran announced that it would produce 60% enriched uranium, against 20% before, in response to the explosion last week on the Natanz site, an incident denounced by the Iranian authorities as an act of sabotage perpetrated by Israel.
Attack on Iranian nuclear facility complicates Biden's diplomatic outreach to Tehran, experts say
While White House press secretary Jen Psaki denied Monday any U.S. involvement in a Sunday explosion that damaged an Iranian nuclear facility, the incident may complicate the Biden administration’s efforts to bring Tehran’s government back to the negotiating table. “The next rounds of nuclear talks were always going to be tough, but they just got tougher,” Eric Brewer, deputy director and senior fellow with the Project on Nuclear Studies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote in an email to Yahoo News. © Provided by Yahoo! News President Biden meets with bipartisan group of members of Congress.
This decision marked a new violation of the terms of the 2015 Agreement on the Iranian Nuclear Program, even though indirect discussions were started between Iran and the United States through the still stakeholders of the plan. common global action (PAGC, or JCPOA in English).
Iran now uses a focus of IR-6 type centrifuges to enhance 60% uranium, another IR-4 type centrifuge focus now only used to enrich 20% uranium, has reported the IAEA.
In its report, the UN agency gives no reason for this decision of Tehran. Nor does it specify the exact number of centrifuges composing each "fireplace" - a previous February report reported 119 IR-6 IR-4 and 133 type centrifuges.
Under the Agreement, Iran can only produce Natanz enriched uranium with first-generation machines, IR-1 type, much less effective than advanced models.
The IAEA indicated Wednesday that new advanced centrifuges had been installed in Natanz.
(French version Jean Terzian)
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