Iran threatens to start enriching uranium to 90 percent: Report

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Uranium enrichment centrifuges in Iran. (Times of Israel).

‘If enrichment above 20 percent is required in some areas, the AEOI can do that,’ an Iranian spokesman is cited as saying.

Iran warned Thursday that the country could ramp up its uranium enrichment to 90 percent — just around the weapons-grade level.

China’s Xinhua news service cited the spokesman of the country’s nuclear agency as saying that the country’s “achievements” were “so great” that Iran could “easily” start enriching the nuclear fuel up to the 90 percent mark.

“If enrichment above 20 percent is required in some areas, the AEOI can do that,” the Iranian spokesman claimed.

The statement comes after Iran confirmed that it has started enriching uranium to 20 percent after warning the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the intention to do so.

The move was widely condemned, including by European countries that were part of the 2015 nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic.
In a statement released Wednesday, the foreign ministers of the three nations voiced their “deep concern” about the move, urging Iran to walk back on it.
“This action, which has no credible civil justification and carries very significant proliferation-related risks, is in clear violation of Iran’s commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) and further hollows out the Agreement,” the statement added.
(i24 News).

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