Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 29
By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:
Adhering to the terms of its July nuclear deal with the world's six major powers, Iran has put 6,246 centrifuges out of operation in its Natanz nuclear facility, an Iranian lawmaker said.
Mohammad Hassan Asafari, Iranian lawmaker, noted that 6,246 centrifuges have been dismantled so far, while 9,000 will be kept idle, Mehr news agency reported Nov. 29.
He said the idle centrifuges will be put out of operation once the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) settles Iran's PMD file (the possible military dimensions to Tehran's nuclear program).
In accordance with the road-map agreed between Tehran and the IAEA on July 14, the international atomic body is expected to issue a report clarifying the past and present outstanding issues related to Iran's nuclear program by Dec. 15.
He added that the decommissioned centrifuges are stored under the supervision of experts.
He further advised the US to make efforts to settle the PMD, otherwise Iran will make the new generation of centrifuges and enriching uranium.
Under the deal, financial sanctions imposed by the West against Iran, its banking system and industry over Tehran's nuclear program, are expected to be lifted in return for scaling down the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
Under the deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Tehran is committed to reducing the number of its centrifuges.
The IAEA has been given the role of verifying Iran's commitments under the lasting nuclear deal.
Iran is dramatically increasing its export capacity in preparation for the lifting of the sanctions.