Tehran today begins uranium enrichment above 3.67%. Earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned of plans to exceed this level if the participants in the nuclear deal do not fulfill their obligations.
Tehran begins uranium enrichment above the 3.67% mark stipulated by the terms of the nuclear deal, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Arakchi said.
According to him, the Islamic Republic will increase the level of uranium enrichment from today. Arakchi added that the reduction in compliance does not violate the nuclear deal, but is based on its articles 26 and 36.
Iran will refuse to fulfill part of its obligations under the Joint comprehensive action plan (JCPOA) every 60 days, he said.
Earlier in July, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that the Islamic Republic will begin to enrich uranium above 3.67% this month if the JCPOA participants do not fulfill their obligations. As he explained, the conditions of operation of the nuclear reactor in Arak will be returned to the original, that is, potentially allowing the production of weapons-grade plutonium. On the eve, an adviser to the Supreme Leader of Iran said that from July 7, Tehran plans to increase the level of uranium enrichment to 5%.
The decision of the Iranian side to reduce its obligations under the nuclear deal is due to the fact that other countries participating in the JCPOA have not taken measures to protect the country from US sanctions.