60% uranium enrichment begins Iran, said today the head of the country’s negotiators for the nuclear program, Abbas Araksi. This development comes a day after Tehran blamed its big rival in the region, Israel, for sabotagein a major nuclear facility.
According to the official Irna news agency, Abbas Araksi, who is deputy foreign minister, made the announcement “in a letter to Rafael Grossi”, the executive director of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Iran is currently enriching uranium by 20%.
Araksi made the announcement shortly before the resumption of talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the 2015 agreement on nuclear program of Tehran with the great powers, an agreement that was strongly opposed by Israel, after its abandonment by former US President Donald Trump three years ago.
Last week, Iran and international forces called what they called “constructive” talks to rescue the deal, which is in danger of collapsing. Iran has violated its uranium enrichment limits, when Donald Trump reintroduced severe sanctions against Tehran.
The agreement set a limit on the level of purity at which Iran can enrich uranium hexafluoride, the raw material for centrifuges, at 3.67%, well below the 90% required to produce a nuclear weapon.
Iran’s foreign minister said earlier today that the attack on Natanz nuclear plant, which Tehran blamed on Israel, was a “very bad bet” that could strengthen its negotiating position. Tehran in talks to revive the 2015 agreement.
Tehran made it clear that the day before yesterday’s explosion at Iran’s main nuclear facility was an act of sabotage by Israel and promised revenge. Israel, which the Islamic Republic does not recognize, has not officially commented on the incident.
US President Joe Biden has said Tehran must return to full compliance with restrictions on its nuclear activities. provided for in the agreement before Washington can return to it.
The White House said yesterday that the United States was not involved in the attack and that he does not comment on speculation about the cause of the incident.