Iran continues nuclear activities within international laws - official

Nuclear Program Materials 30 May 2023 11:23 (UTC +04:00)
Iran continues nuclear activities within international laws - official
Elnur Baghishov
Elnur Baghishov
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BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 30. Iran continues its nuclear activities within the framework of international laws, Trend reports.

The representative of Iran's Supreme Leader in the Supreme National Security Council, Saeed Jalili said this at an event held at the University of Mohaghegh Ardabili in Ardabil Province on May 29, 2023.

Jalili noted that Iran has always pursued its nuclear program peacefully. At the same time, it tried to defend the country's nuclear rights.

The official added that besides, Iran has not tied the country's development to nuclear discussions.

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.


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