Iran to quadruple low enriched uranium production

Nuclear Program Materials 21 May 2019 13:33 (UTC +04:00)

Tehran, Iran, May 21


Iran is to quadruple production of enriched uranium at 3.67 percent in Natanz, said spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Behrooz Kamalvandi.

"We would quadruple our capacity to produce enriched uranium in Natans nuclear site starting from May 21," said Kamalvand on Monday during a press conference, Trend reports citing ISNA.

Referring to whether Iran surpasses 300 kilogram limit in 60 days, he said, " We will pass the limits in less than a few weeks,"

Responding to question if the technical changes will be made in the framework of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), he commented, "We have made technical changes that would increase the production capacity to enriched 3.67 percent, as said earlier, but let us not comment about these technical changes."

The official spoke about the attitude of Russia and China to this issue. He said, "We hope that, due to our good relations with these two countries, they will support Iran's actions."

He indicated, "As for our commitment to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, we do not intend to leave or violate the commitment; therefore our next steps will be taken in the framework of JCPOA."

Tehran has already announced that it stopped complying with a 300-kilogram cap on the storage of enriched uranium and heavy water imposed by the JCPOA, and said it has set the clock ticking for 60 days before it moves to cease other parts of its commitments.