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World Nuclear: On the sidelines of Vienna's Discussions, Iran Progresses Uranium

22:49  01 december  2021
22:49  01 december  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Iran-Nucleaire-AIEA: Nuclear: On the sidelines of Vienna's Discussions, Iran progresses Uranium

NUCLÉAIRE: EN MARGE DES DISCUSSIONS DE VIENNE, L'IRAN PROGRESSE SUR L'URANIUM © Reuters / Lisi Niesner Nuclear: On the sidelines of Vienna's discussions, Iran progresses Uranium

by Francois Murphy

Vienna (Reuters) - Iran started producing enriched uranium with advanced centrifuges in its Fordow underground plant The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported Wednesday, which weakens a little more the 2015 agreement on the Iranian nuclear program while negotiations have just resume to attempt to save it.

The Islamic Republic and the major signatory powers of this agreement sent delegations to Vienna this week for talks to bring the United States and Iran into the Common Global Action Plan (PAGC, or JCPOA in English) , of which Tehran has freed by stages since the American withdrawal decided by former President Donald Trump.

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These discussions were adjourned last June in the wake of the Iranian presidential election that resulted in the victory of the Ultraconservant Ebrahim Raisi.


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As it repeated during this interruption that time was pressing to revive the PAGC, Western negotiators fear that the Iran makes progress in its nuclear program in order to have an additional lever in the negotiations.

On the sidelines of the third day of the discussions carried out in Vienna with the global powers always stakeholders of the agreement - Germany, France, Great Britain, Russia, China -, the IAEA declared in a statement that Iran had begun To produce 20% enriched uranium with a "cascade" of IR-6 advanced centrifuges on its Fordow site.

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Sign of the importance of this violation, Iran is prohibited under the 2015 Agreement to enrich uranium in Fordow regardless of the degree of enrichment or centrifuges used.

A more detailed report transmitted by the UN agency to its Member States, that Reuters could consult, indicates that the IAEA therefore decided to strengthen the inspections carried out in Fordow. The details are remaining to finalize.

"The Agency has decided and Iran has agreed to increase the frequency of audit activities (in Fordow)", is it written in the report, which adds that the IAEA will "continue consultations with the Iran on practical arrangements for facilitating the implementation of these "verification activities.

(Reporting Francois Murphy; French version Jean Terzian)

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