Iran increased uranium enrichment to 4.5%
Tehran, Iran, July 8
Iran has increased its uranium enrichment limit on Monday from 3.67 percent to 4.5 percent, said Iran nuclear agency spokesman.
"Today Iran has passed the 4.5 percent limit in uranium enrichment," said Behrouz Kamalvandi, Trend reports citing ISNA.
"The enrichment completely meets the country's need in the fuel for power plants," he added. "The precise volume of uranium enrichment will be announced by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) after analyzing the samples."
"The fuels supplied to plants have different level of enrichment varying from 1.1 percent to less than 5 percent. The uranium enrichment at the moment is at different enrichment levels of lower than 5 percent to supply fuel to Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant," he added.
"Increasing uranium enrichment will be based on the needs of the country's need power plants, In long term, it will be needed for nuclear propulsion, each having specific percentage," he said.
"The DIQ of enrichment changes has been submitted to the IAEA," he added.
The IAEA considers uranium with 5 percent enrichment is Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) that indicates no danger.
Iran has announced that it will reduce commitment to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JPCOA) from July 7, 2019. The increase of enrichment started Sunday marked by the end of a 60-day ultimatum the country gave to the European signatories of the deal to ease sanctions on its banking and oil sectors.