The new phase will begin with the launch of centrifuges at the Fordo nuclear facility.
TEHRAN – Iran will begin a new phase of reducing its nuclear commitments on November 6 with the launch of centrifuges at the Fordo facility. President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday.
“Iran tomorrow will begin the fourth step to reduce obligations under the nuclear deal. The new phase will begin with the injection of gas into centrifuges at Fordo,” he stated.
At the same time, Rouhani said that “gives the parties of the agreement two more months to return to the agreement” on the Iranian nuclear program. “All actions by Iran to reduce obligations under the nuclear deal remain reversible,” he said.
According to the 2015 Joint comprehensive plan of action (JCPOA), Iran is to modernize the stable isotope production facility at Fordo under the supervision of international observers. It is assumed that the reconstruction would exclude the possibility of using this facility for military purposes.
The future of the Iranian nuclear deal was in doubt after the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from it on May 8, 2018, and the imposition of sanctions by Washington against Tehran in the field of oil exports. According to the Iranian side, the other participants, primarily Europeans, do not fully adhere to their obligations in the economic part of the agreement, so the deal in its current form does not make sense.
In May 2019, Iran announced the first phase of the suspension of part of the obligations under the nuclear deal (the cessation of 60 days of sales of enriched uranium). In July, Tehran moved to the second phase of the suspension (announced uranium enrichment above 3.67%) and promised to reduce commitments every 60 days if other participants do not adhere to the agreements reached.