Iran Quadruples Production of 3.67% Enriched Uranium
By Staff, Agencies
Iran announced on Monday that it has quadrupled the low level uranium enrichment.
Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran [AEOI] Behrouz Kamalvandi quoted the director of Natanz uranium enrichment facility, stating that the decision was made by the country’s Supreme National Security Council [SNSC].
“Iran has increased production of 3.67 enriched uranium by fourfold from today,” he announced.
Kamalvandi at the same time noted that the issue “does not mean an increase in enrichment level or a boost in the number of centrifuge machines or a change in the type of centrifuges”.
He said Iran has quadrupled the rate of the 3.67 enriched uranium only by utilizing the existing production capacity.
The spokesman also noted that the Islamic Republic of Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Organization [IAEA] about the development.
He further stated that the country can easily achieve 190 thousand of SWUs capacity, adding that the move was a message to other parties to the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA].
So, they had better carry out the necessary measures already asked by Iran [SNSC] as soon as possible, he added.
"We will reach the cap of 300 kilograms within few weeks. Our technical requirements and orders by senior officials will determine our next measures."
He said Iran stops selling any enriched uranium above the 300-kg limit in exchange for yellow cake and also stops selling its heavy water above the limit of 130 tons.
The president also announced that the JCPOA parties will have 60 days to come to the negotiating table and fulfill Iran’s main interests under the nuclear deal, especially regarding oil sales and banking interaction.
If Iran does not achieve the desired results after 60 days, it will take two more measures and stop observing the limit on uranium enrichment to 3.67 percent purity, he added.