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Iran Launches Array Of 30 Centrifuges For Uranium Enrichment, Further Reducing Commitment To Deal

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Iran Launches Array Of 30 Centrifuges For Uranium Enrichment, Further Reducing Commitment To Deal

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On November 4th, Iran launched an array of 30 IR-6 centrifuges to produce enriched uranium at the Natanz hardened fuel enrichment plant, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization Akbar Salehi announced.

“Today, we are witnessing the launch of the array of 30 IR-6 centrifuges,” Salehi said, further emphasizing that this would show the Islamic Republic’s “capacity and determination.”

Iran further announce that its enriched uranium production has reached five kilogrammes per day, more than 10 times the level two months ago when it abandoned a number of non-mandatory commitments under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, the Iran Nuclear Deal).

Salehi said, “15 new generation centrifuges have been installed in the facility in recent two months. It’s a great achievement which shows our officials in AEOI have never stopped their operation”.

“Previously, we installed a chain of 20 centrifuges on April 9 added to another chain of 10 centrifuges and today’s installation increases the number of working centrifuges to 60,” the official said.

Salehi also noted that uranium enrichment capacities are approaching the level of the former before the conclusion of the JCPOA (about 11,000 SWU).

The priority measures in the framework of the third stage of reducing Iran’s obligations do not have any large-scale effect, but further work on cascading new centrifuges will dramatically increase Iran’s enrichment capacity.

The capacity of new Iranian centrifuges is many times higher than that of first-generation IR-1 centrifuges, so even with IR-2M and IR-4 it is about 3-5 times higher than with old IR-1s, and with the mentioned IR-6s about 10 times more powerful than first-generation IR-1 centrifuges.

Currently IR-8 is being tested, which has a 20 times higher capacity than IR-1. Therefore, if the JCPOA finally collapses, then due to the mass production and installation of cascades of new centrifuges, Iran may well bring enrichment facilities to the planned level of 190,000 SWU.

In addition, on November 4th, Iran, for the first time, showed the newly developed IR9 centrifuge. Iranian journalists claimed that it has a height of five meters and should have a capacity of 40-50 SWU.

The U.N. nuclear watchdog said in September that Iran had informed the agency about making modifications to accommodate cascades – or interconnected clusters – of 164 of the IR-2m and IR-4 centrifuge. Cascades of the same size and type were scrapped under the nuclear agreement.

Iran remains far short of the enrichment level – 90 percent – seen as necessary to produce bomb-grade uranium.

The US just announced new sanctions on the Islamic Republic, while Tehran maintains that if Washington returns to its commitments under the Iran Nuclear Deal, it would also fully implement it.

“If they (Washington) return to their commitments, we also will go back to our commitments,” Salehi said, adding that “Iran is ready to fully implement the deal if its rights are respected.”

Iran has warned it might take further steps away from the deal this month if European powers who remain committed to the pact fail to shield its economy from U.S. penalties.

Iran Launches Array Of 30 Centrifuges For Uranium Enrichment, Further Reducing Commitment To Deal

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Iran Launches Array Of 30 Centrifuges For Uranium Enrichment, Further Reducing Commitment To Deal

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verner

good and can they dispose of israel sooner rather than later all is good and well in the kingdom ocommon sense – the one true unaligned source of murder and thievery is israel and needs to be taken away like you remove a wart from the face of earth.

Fred Dozer

Having a nuke, is the only way to stop the aggression of the West, led by Israel & the US.

verner

if vermin israel can have nukes there is every reason for iran to have nukes as well. so work away and if north korea and/or pakistan can speed the process so much the better and will speed the ultimate demise of the ever evil squatters on the land they’ve stolen from the palestinians.

chris chuba

“if European powers who remain committed to the pact …”

This is a complete and total lie. Saying you are committed doesn’t make you committed. The EU is not buying a single drop of oil, they are not engaging in normal trade and they are even participating in a boycott of Iranian airlines. This is the same as ‘snap back sanctions’. I can’t stand when AP or Reuters drones out this line.
They should say … ‘Iran the last remaining country observing the JCPOA and is now scaling back their committments in an incremental fashion.’ This would actually be accurate.

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