In breach of nuclear deal, Iran moves first set of advanced centrifuges underground

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Anti-aircraft guns at Iran's Natanz uranium-enrichment facility. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz called on the world to align against Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Wednesday states that Iran has breached the nuclear deal again. Iran completed the transfer of a cascade of advanced centrifuges from a plant above ground to an underground site.

“They finished installing one of the three cascades, and they have started installing a second cascade,” said a senior diplomat.

The move underground can protect the plant from aerial attacks, and it is another Iranian breach of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Notably, the agreement only allowed the underground plant at Natanz to use first-generation machines.

The Trump administration withdrew from the deal in May 2018 and imposed harsh sanctions on Iran as part of a “maximum pressure” campaign.

Separately, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz called on the world to align against Iran’s nuclear and ballistic-missile programs.

“The kingdom stresses the dangers of Iran’s regional project, its interference in other countries and its fostering of terrorism. It also condemns fanning the flames of sectarianism and calls for a decisive stance from the international community against Iran. They must drastically handle Iran’s efforts to obtain weapons of mass destruction and develop its ballistic missiles program,” said the king, as reported by Reuters.

(JNS).

 

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