Tehran 0
5 January 2021

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) confirmed that it had “produced 20 per cent enriched uranium” using IR-1 centrifuges. The head of the AEOI stated that “we have a production capacity of 8 to 9kg per month to reach the 120kg limit stipulated in law”. “We are currently installing a thousand IR-2m centrifuges, but two cascades are installed and working”, he added. Relatedly, a senior Iranian diplomat emphasised that “20 per cent enrichment is one of the cases that we can easily and swiftly change it to below 3.67 per cent”. He also asserted: “America should return to full compliance with the deal… If they do not have a full return to the JCPOA, Iran will either not return or not return completely”.

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