- “Iran informed the Agency that the operator of the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz ‘intends to start the installation of three cascades of IR-2m centrifuge machines’ at FEP,”
- The Natanz underground facility was recently built after the explosion at the facility earlier this summer.
- The move violates Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) informed its members in a confidential report on Friday (December 4th) that Iran intends to install more than 500 new centrifuges at the Nazanar nuclear facility in southern Iran. Reuters reports that it has seen the confidential report of the agency.
The International Atomic Energy Agency has informed member states that Iran plans to install more advanced centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear facility. Reuters has described Iran’s move as putting pressure on Joe Biden.
“Iran informed the Agency that the operator of the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz ‘intends to start the installation of three cascades of IR-2m centrifuge machines’ at FEP,”
According to the report, the new centrifuges will be of the advanced IR-2M type, which will be installed in three 174 waterfalls in the underground part of the Nazar facility.
The Natanz underground facility was recently built after the explosion at the facility earlier this summer. Iranian officials recently acknowledged that the Natanz bombing was planned sabotage.
The move violates Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Reuters reported. According to the agreement, Iran can only use first-generation centrifuges called IR-1 in its enrichment facilities. These centrifuges are less efficient and can process uranium up to a maximum concentration of 5%.
“In a letter dated December 2, 2020, Iran informed the IAEA that it intends to begin the installation of three IR-2M centrifugal waterfalls at the Natanz enrichment plant,” the IAEA wrote in a letter to its members.
Joe Biden speculates that the United States will return to the agreement if Iran fully returns to the nuclear restrictions contained in the IAEA Board. The escalation of Iran’s actions in withdrawing from JCPOA is probably aimed at putting pressure on the United States and the European parties to JCPOA.
Pompeo warned against going easy on Tehran. “In the event that they come to the table, and are only willing to talk about turning off a few (nuclear) centrifuges for a few months or a few years, the world should not find that satisfactory. We ought to not cut short negotiation,” he said.
Mr. Biden also stressed that after returning to the UN Security Council, a new round of talks with Iran should begin shortly, with the aim of extending the period of limitation of the country’s nuclear activities and addressing the Islamic Republic’s hostile activities in the region and proxy wars in Lebanon, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen.
Friday, December 4, 2020 – German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas also stressed that it is not enough to return to the previous agreement with Iran. There should be more agreement than JCPOA (JCPOA Plus) that takes into account our interests.
“A form of ‘nuclear agreement plus’ is needed, which also lies in our interest,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, told Spiegel magazine in an interview.
“We have clear expectations for Iran: no nuclear weapons, but also no ballistic rocket program which threatens the whole region. Iran must also play another role in the region. We need this accord because we distrust Iran,” he added.