The International Atomic Energy Agency announced that it had verified that Iran had started enriching uranium at a rate of 60% at the Natanz plant, confirming what had previously been announced by the Iranian officials. It comes as parties to the Vienna talks on the Iran nuclear deal have expressed optimism about the progress that has taken place in the talks, despite the remaining differences.
The agency added – in a statement yesterday, Saturday – that it had taken a sample for study. She indicated that the enrichment process was carried out using IR4 and IR6 centrifuges. Read also The most important articles of the nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5 + 15 thousand pipes, classified reports and mysterious attacks … Natanz, the most important underground nuclear installation in Iran Foreign policy: the attack of Natanz is possibly be what Iran needs to strengthen its negotiating position on Iran’s nuclear program. Washington’s calculations make it harder for US negotiators in Vienna
The head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Authority, Ali Akbar Salehi, announced earlier that Iran had obtained the first production of 60% enriched uranium at the Natanz nuclear facility, and he said that ‘it produces 9 grams of it every hour.
The White House responded to its spokesperson Jane Saki by saying that Iran’s announcement to start enriching 60% uranium is a “provocative step” that Washington takes seriously, and the 5+ countries 1 must unite to refuse to do so.
US President Joe Biden said on Friday that Iran’s plan to enrich 60% uranium was not beneficial, but expressed joy at Tehran’s involvement in indirect talks on the return. to the nuclear deal.
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An EU official also said the Vienna talks to save the Iran nuclear deal will continue for a few days, followed by a break so that Iranian and US officials can return to their countries for consultations. The European representative indicated that the talks had progressed in a task which was not easy.
Meanwhile, Iran’s chief negotiator in the Vienna nuclear talks, Abbas Araghchi, confirmed that an agreement has started to emerge in the negotiations despite “serious differences” persisting.
Iranian state media quoted Araghchi as saying: “It seems that a new understanding has started to emerge, and there is an understanding between the two sides regarding the end goal (…), but the road is not not easy, and there are serious disagreements. ” Publicity
“We have reached a stage that allows the codification of a new text that includes the lifting of sanctions and nuclear measures,” said Araghchi, noting that Tehran had presented its vision in writing.
For his part, the representative of Russia said during the negotiations that the participants in the meeting of the Joint Committee expressed their satisfaction with the progress made, which was confirmed by the representative of the European Foreign Ministry in the negotiations, who said the talks had progressed. in a task that is not easy.
In turn, the Chinese envoy to the negotiations said the participating parties agreed to engage in more objective work on lifting the sanctions.
Chinese envoy Wang Chun added – after meeting other signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal – that the talks would continue.