Metal process

Iran Says Concerns Over Enriched Uranium Metal Process “Unnecessary”

An Iranian flag flies in front of the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria, September 9, 2019. REUTERS / Leonhard Foeger / File Photo

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DUBAI, July 7 (Reuters) – Iran’s decision to produce 20% purity enriched uranium metal is for peaceful purposes only, a spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, adding that Tehran would cancel its nuclear measures as soon as the US sanctions were lifted.

“Contrary to the claims of the United States and the European powers (…) this measure is only for peaceful purposes and is intended for the research reactor in Tehran,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said, according to Iranian state media.

The UN nuclear watchdog said on Tuesday that Iran had started the process of producing enriched uranium metal. Tehran said it informed the agency of its decision.

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Iran’s move has drawn criticism from the United States and three European powers which have been in talks with Tehran since early April to revive a 2015 deal under which Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program in return. the lifting of sanctions.

Washington walked out of the deal three years ago, and Iran has responded by gradually violating its restrictions. Read more

“This measure does not contradict Iran’s non-proliferation and safeguard obligations under the 2015 agreement (…) and Tehran is ready to retrace its steps when the sanctions are lifted,” he said. said Khatibzadeh.

US and EU officials made it clear on Tuesday that Iran’s move would complicate, and potentially torpedo, indirect US-Iran talks aimed at bringing Tehran and Washington back into full compliance with the pact.

Tehran has already produced a small amount of uranium metal this year which has not been enriched. This is a violation of the agreement, which prohibits all work on uranium metal since it can be used to make the core of a nuclear bomb. Iran has always denied seeking nuclear weapons. Read more

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Written by Parisa Hafezi

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