New Centrifuges ‘With More Capacity’ Already Replacing Damaged Ones at Iran’s Natanz, Diplomat Says

In December 2020, Iran’s Majlis handed a legislation mandating steadily reductions within the nation’s commitments to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) till the US rejoins the settlement, together with rising the standard and amount of uranium enrichment.

Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations workplace in Vienna, stated Monday that the assault on the Natanz Fuel Enrichment Plant would solely outcome within the older uranium centrifuges being changed with newer, extra superior ones.

On Sunday, an explosion exterior the Natanz plant briefly shut off energy to the ability, which produces enriched uranium for medical and energy technology functions. Tehran has denounced the incident as “nuclear terrorism” and blamed Israel, which in response has solely reaffirmed its presumed proper to assault Iran as “self-defense.”

Natanz was beforehand attacked in July 2020 in an obvious sabotage incident that destroyed an above-ground centrifuge workshop.

The assault has come amid negotiations in Vienna aimed at reviving the JCPOA, which the US left in 2018 amid unsubstantiated claims Iran was in violation of the deal. After the US reimposed financial sanctions on Iran and compelled its allies to conform, Tehran started backing away from the phrases of the deal, which imposed strict limits on its uranium manufacturing and a renunciation of the pursuit of nuclear weapons. After US President Joe Biden took workplace earlier this 12 months, it was anticipated he would depart from the coverage of his predecessor, former US President Donald Trump, and return to the JCPOA. However, the US has up to now been hesitant to take action, insisting Iran make the primary transfer.


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