The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran’s spokesperson announced that per a 2020 law, it had “launched and injected gas into hundreds of centrifuge machines including advanced [IR-6] machines”, noting that the IAEA had been informed. The head of the AEOI reiterated that “Iran has the technical ability to build an atomic bomb, but such a program is not on the agenda”. The following day, Foreign Minister Amirabdollahian said that the move was in reaction to the latest round of U.S. sanctions. On 3 August, the IAEA confirmed that Iran had “completed installing three advanced IR-6 centrifuge cascades at its Natanz fuel enrichment plant (FEP)” and had notified “the agency it plans to install an additional six IR-2m cascades at the FEP in a new operating unit”.
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