Published: Tue, June 05, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Iran tells United Nations it will hike uranium enrichment capacity

Iran tells United Nations it will hike uranium enrichment capacity

Deputy Head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi, said that the body would inform the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) about the country's increasing capacities on uranium enrichment.

Iran has said it has the option of resuming industrial-scale enrichment now that the USA has withdrawn from the deal.

Spinning centrifuges convert the gases into enriched uranium that can be used for reactor fuel and medical isotopes.

Iran's activities across the Middle East threaten to drive another wave of refugees to Europe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday.

But he said he may sway them on certain details not included in the deal, such as Iran's missile development and the expiration of restrictions on nuclear activity.

Merkel and Netanyahu agreed that it was important that the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), reviewed the secret trove of information that Israel nabbed from Tehran in April this year said by Israel to indicate evidence that Iran lied about its weapons program. "UF6 (uranium hexafluoride). will start on Tuesday", Mr Kamalvandi said.

The Iran deal paved the way for the partial lifting of worldwide sanctions against the country, in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear program for several years.

"The leader [Khamenei] meant that we should accelerate some process. linked to our nuclear work capacity to move forward faster in case needed", he added.

"The JCPOA (nuclear deal) does not belong to its signatories, so one party can reject it based on domestic policies or political differences with a former ruling administration", he said in the letter, which was published in part by Iranian state news agency IRNA on Sunday.

"Iran calls for our destruction, but it's also seeking nuclear weapons to carry out its genocidal design", he said.

The other signatories to the JCPOA have been scrambling to find ways to keep it going since Trump's announcement that he would pull out and reinstate United States sanctions.

The 2015 deal limited Iran to enriching uranium only to 3.67%, far below the roughly 90% threshold of weapons-grade material.

Speaking at the first meeting of the IAEA's board of governors since Trump threw the future of the deal in doubt, rebutted suggestions that Iran was not cooperating.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif began a diplomatic tour last month in an effort to persuade the deal's other signatories to keep to it.

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