The International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran has started enriching uranium to 60% purity, in light of “progress” made in the Vienna talks.
The agency said – in a statement – that it had verified today, Saturday, that Iran had started producing uranium hexa fluoride at the 60% level, with its above ground reactor at the Natanz installation, confirming previous data from Iranian officials. Read also Bloomberg: Natanz attack also sent a message to Washington The Iranian-Israeli confrontation … Where? Iran announces the production of the first batch of enriched uranium at the Natanz plant
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.
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.
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“Progress” in the discussions
Meanwhile, Iran’s chief negotiator in the nuclear talks held in Vienna, Abbas Araghchi, confirmed that an agreement was starting to appear in the negotiations despite the continued presence of “serious differences”, which was confirmed by the representative. from Russia that there is “satisfaction” among the participants.
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 where we can write a new text that includes the lifting of sanctions and nuclear measures,” Araghchi said.
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.