BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 2
By Elnur Baghishov – Trend:
The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) must take appropriate steps in accordance with the decision of the parliament on Iran's nuclear program, the decision was approved at today's session of Iranian Parliament, Trend reports citing the parliament’s website.
According to the report, if the Iranian parliament's decision enters into force, the AEOI must produce a minimum of 120 kg of 20-percent uranium at the Shahid Ali Mohammadi nuclear facility in Fordow Nuclear Complex over the next two months and store it within the country.
“The AEOI must produce 500 kg of enriched uranium per month in order to create a capacity of 190,000 SWU and for Iran’s peaceful purposes,” the report said.
Furthermore, the AEOI must start to enrich uranium with 1,000 units IR-2M centrifuges at the Shahid Ahmadi Rovshan underground facility in Natanz Nuclear Complex within three months after the decision enters into force, the report added.
According to the report, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran must transport IR-6 centrifuges to the Shahid Ali Mohammadi facility for continuing enrichment and research operations during the reporting period.
“At the same time, the enrichment operations must be started with a minimum of 164 units IR-6 centrifuges and the number of these centrifuges must be reached to 1,000 units by the end of the current Iranian year (from March 20, 2020, to March 21, 2021),” the report noted.
According to the Comprehensive Joint Action Plan between the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the 5 +1 group, the organization must take necessary steps to restore the 40-megawatt reactor of the Arak Heavy Water Facility under reconstruction within four months after the Iranian parliament's decision enters into force.
"The individuals who refuse to implement this decision or its details are sentenced to imprisonment under Iranian law," the report said.
In January 2016, JCPOA was launched between Iran and the P5+1 group (US, Russia, China, UK, France, and Germany) in connection with Iran's nuclear program. In May 2018, the US announced its withdrawal from the deal and imposed sanctions on Iran in November of the same year.
To preserve the agreements reached as part of the JCPOA, the European signatories of the deal started in January 2019 that a financial mechanism for maintaining trade with Iran called INSTEX was formed.
On May 8, 2019, Iran announced that it had ceased fulfilling its commitments regarding the sale of over 300 kilograms of uranium, as stated in the deal, basing its decision on the other signatories that have not fulfilled their obligations. On July 7, Iran announced that it will not be fulfilling its commitments regarding the enrichment of uranium at 3.67 percent and the reconstruction of the Arak Heavy Water Reactor Facility as stated in the deal.
Iran announced that it will enrich uranium using next-generation centrifuges and will not mix it with the enriched uranium residues as part of the third step of reducing commitments in JCPOA on Sept.5.
On Nov. 5, 2019, Iran announced that it took the fourth step in connection with reducing its commitments to the nuclear agreement. So, uranium gas is being pumped to the centrifuges at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant.
On Jan.2020, Iran took the last fifth step in reducing the number of its commitments within JCPOA.
The US imposed new sanctions on Iran in November 2018. Over the past period, the sanctions affected Iranian oil exports, more than 700 banks, companies, and individuals.