Iran announces direct production of 60% enriched uranium at the Fordow complex

Iran announces direct production of 60% enriched uranium at the Fordow complex
Iran announces direct production of 60% enriched uranium at the Fordow complex

Iran announces direct production of 60% enriched uranium at the Fordow complex

Iran has started producing uranium enriched to 60% at Fordow, well above the 3.67% threshold set in the agreement on Tehran’s nuclear program, it was reported on Tuesday.

Iran announced this week that it was taking action to respond to an International Atomic Energy Agency resolution criticizing Tehran’s lack of cooperation with the agency.

And the Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) reported that “Iran has started production of 60% enriched uranium for the first time at the Fordo nuclear complex.”

In 2015, after years of tension and tough negotiations, Iran reached an agreement on its nuclear program with six major powers: the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany.

Under the deal, Iran agreed to shut down the Fordow complex and limit its uranium enrichment to a threshold of 3.67%, sufficient for most civilian purposes, as part of a package of curbs on its nuclear activities aimed at that to prevent him from developing a nuclear weapon.

The deal allowed for the lifting of many sanctions imposed on Iran in exchange for reducing its nuclear activities and ensuring the peacefulness of its program.

However, the impact of the deal has all but disappeared since former US President Donald Trump decided in 2018 to unilaterally withdraw his country from the deal and re-impose sanctions on Iran.

Nearly a year after the US withdrawal, Iran has begun to phase out most of its core commitments under the deal. It restarted the Fordo underground complex, 180 km south of Tehran, in 2019 and was recently modified to increase its efficiency.

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