FM: Iran able to resume 20 percent uranium enrichment in one day
Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 18
By Umid Niayesh - Trend:
Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif warned that Tehran can end suspension of its 20-percent uranium enrichment in one day if the other party to the Geneva deal defies its undertakings, Fars news agency reported on Dec. 18.
"The structure of our nuclear program has been maintained and the 20 percent enrichment can be resumed in less than 24 hours," Zarif said, addressing Iranian students in Tehran on Dec. 18.
On November 24, Iran and the P5+1 reached a deal in Geneva after several days of intensive negotiations. With the agreement, Iran has agreed to curb some nuclear activities for six months in return for sanctions relief.
Assessing the interim Geneva deal, Zarif underlined that there is a possibility of finding a final and everlasting solution to the nuclear standoff between Iran and the West.
Iran has 19,000 centrifuges Zarif said, adding that 8,000 to 9,000 of that amount are spinning with uranium, and other ones are being stopped or are spinning without uranium.
He also repeated his earlier remarks that "the structure of the sanctions against Iran is falling apart".
The U.S. and its Western allies suspect Iran of developing a nuclear weapon - something that Iran denies.
The Islamic Republic has on numerous occasions stated that it does not seek to develop nuclear weapons, using nuclear energy for medical research instead.