World Iran opens new nuclear facility at Natanz

16:30  07 june  2018
16:30  07 june  2018 Source:   dw.com

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Iran is set to start producing new centrifuges for enriching uranium at its Natanz facility in a month's Read more: Khamenei's empty threats over the Iran nuclear deal. Iranian signal.

Iran is set to start producing new centrifuges for enriching uranium at its Natanz facility in a month's time. It said the move was not in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal European powers have been trying to salvage.

  Iran opens new nuclear facility at Natanz © picture-alliance/dpa

Iran is set to start producing new centrifuges for enriching uranium at its Natanz facility in a month's time. The move was not in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal European powers have been trying to salvage.

Iran's nuclear chief inaugurated a new facility to produce advanced centrifuges on Wednesday, as European powers struggle to save an international deal that has constrained Iran's nuclear enrichment program.

"We hope the facility to be completed in a month," Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, said on state television, adding that work on the facility had begun before 2015.

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Iran ’s nuclear chief inaugurated a new facility to produce advanced centrifuges on Wednesday, as European powers struggle to save The decision to start up the facility , which is located in the Natanz plant in central Iran , did not violate the 2015 nuclear deal — the agreement signed by Iran and six

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran ’s nuclear chief has inaugurated the Islamic Republic’s new nuclear enrichment facility at Natanz , which is geared toward producing centrifuges that will operate within the limits of the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers.

The decision to start up the facility, which is located in Natanz plant in central Iran, did not violate the 2015 nuclear deal — the agreement signed by Iran and six world powers that placed severe constraints on the country's enrichment program in exchange for the suspension of international sanctions.

Iran told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Tuesday that it would increase its nuclear enrichment capacity within the limits set out in the deal.


Iranian signal

But it was Iran's latest signal that it would not bow to the United States, which has called for stronger constraints on the country's nuclear program since it withdrew from the deal in May.

The move also increased pressure on the deal's three European signatories — the United Kingdom, France, Germany — who have been fighting to keep the deal alive in the wake of the US withdrawal. That task has proved increasingly difficult as European firms pull out of Iran amid concerns they could be targeted by US sanctions.

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  Will Israel and Iran Go to War? Leaders Warn of Danger Amid regional tensions, Iran said it is preparing to restart its nuclear program.During a trip to France on Tuesday, Netanyahu warned that Tehran will soon use its uranium enrichment program to destroy Israel. The comments came after the head of Iran’s atomic agency announced that the country would once again begin developing the infrastructure to build advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium in case the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, falls apart.

New facility at Natanz 's uranium enrichment center will allow Tehran to increase its nuclear enrichment capacity, yet stay within the provisions of the nuclear deal; Iran can use 5,060 older-model centrifuges at Natanz , but only to enrich uranium up to 3.67 percent.

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Meanwhile, Iran's ambassador to the IAEA, Reza Najafi, has warned the country could restart unrestricted enrichment if European countries fail to keep the deal intact.


'It is always dangerous to flirt with red lines'

"If in an unfortunate situation the [nuclear deal] fails, then Iran can restart its activities without any limits," Najafi said. "What I can say is right now, the negotiations at the expert level are continuing and we hope that it could reach some conclusion," he added.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian shot back against Iran's threat to enrich beyond the limits of the deal, saying, "it is always dangerous to flirt with the red lines."

Najafi also said Iran would not heed IAEA calls to more closely cooperate with nuclear inspectors. "But I should emphasize that it does not mean that right now Iran will restart any activities contrary to the [deal]," Najafi added. "These are only preparatory works."

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