Removal of centrifuges fully within JCPOA framework, says Iranian politician
Tehran, Iran, November 3
By Mehdi Sepahvand -- Trend:
An Iranian politician says the removal of centrifuges at Iran's Natanz and Fordow nuclear sites is being carried out within the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, dismissing the prospect of opportunistic refusals to carry out the commitments of the P5+1 group, made up of the US, UK, France, Russia, China, and Germany.
"I think president Hassan Rouhani administration's removal of the centrifuges comes along as part of the set of actions that were to be undertaking mutually by the sides of the nuclear agreement," former Expediency Council member Mohammad Hashemi told Trend November 3.
On November 1, 20 lawmakers urged President Hassan Rouhani to stop removing centrifuges from the Natanz and Fordow nuclear facilities in central Iran.
"Unfortunately, over the past two days, several contractors have started removing centrifuges in Fordow, saying they will remain there for two weeks to complete the task," the lawmakers said, in a letter to President Rouhani dated Nov. 1.
The legislators also mentioned that Tehran should take no practical steps to implement the JCPOA before US President Barack Obama's, and the EU official statement, is released on the complete termination of financial and economic sanctions against Tehran.
Commenting on the likelihood of the P5+1 not carrying out their part of the agreement, Hashemi said he believes the sides are maintaining their obligations and the six powers have started to follow through on their commitments under the JCPOA, noting that reciprocity of the agreement is being observed by all sides.
According to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA nuclear agreement), clinched between Iran and the P5+1 group of countries, Tehran is committed to reducing its number of centrifuges.
Under the JCPOA, Iran will convert the Fordow facility into a nuclear, physics and technology centre. International collaboration, including in the form of joint scientific partnerships, will be established in agreed areas of research. 1044 IR-1 centrifuges operating in six cascades will remain in one wing at Fordow. Two of these cascades will spin without uranium and will be transitioned, including through appropriate infrastructure modifications, for the production of stable isotopes. The other four cascades, with their associated infrastructure, will remain idle. All other centrifuges and enrichment-related infrastructure will be removed and stored under continuous monitoring by the IAEA.