Iran steps up uranium enrichment over 2015 deal levels, hopes to save accord 'but not at any cost'

Sunday - 07/07/2019 10:03
The Bushehr nuclear reactor, 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran. © Reuters
The Bushehr nuclear reactor, 1,200 km (746 miles) south of Tehran. © Reuters
Tehran has announced it will step up its uranium enrichment over the 3.67-percent limit set under the 2015 nuclear accord, warning it will further scale down its commitments if its European partners don’t fulfill theirs.

Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araghchi says Iran will increase uranium enrichment to the level needed for the operation of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant. Officials earlier said the required level is five percent.

Our commitments regarding the level of enrichment were revised, and we are reducing our commitments starting today

The allowed level of uranium enrichment for the country under the 2015 nuclear deal (also known as the JCPOA) is 3.67 percent, which is enough for generating power, but far less than the roughly 90 percent needed to produce a nuclear weapon.

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