AEOI: Iran to re­sume en­rich­ment at Fordo if nu­clear deal falls apart

Iran Daily - - National -

Iran will restart the process of en­rich­ing ura­nium at its Fordo nu­clear site if the nu­clear deal falls apart, the spokesper­son for the Atomic En­ergy Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Iran (AEOI) an­nounced.

As re­gards the planned ac­tiv­i­ties at Iran’s Natanz nu­clear fa­cil­ity af­ter any col­lapse of the deal, Behrouz Ka­mal­vandi said the fa­cil­ity would be­gin manufacturing new ad­vanced cen­trifuge ma­chines with max­i­mum ca­pac­ity.

Located in Iran’s cen­tral prov­ince of Qom, Fordo is buried deep un­der­ground to protect it against any mil­i­tary attacks. In late 2011, the plant at Fordo be­gan pro­duc­ing ura­nium en­riched to 20 per­cent fis­sile pu­rity. But af­ter achieve­ment of a deal with the P5+1 (Rus­sia, China, the US, Bri­tain, France and Ger­many), Iran has been pro­duc­ing lower-level ura­nium with an en­rich­ment level of up to five per­cent in Fordo and Natanz.

Last week, AEOI Chief Ali Ak­bar Salehi said Tehran had al­ready de­vel­oped the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture at the Natanz nu­clear fa­cil­ity for en­rich­ment of ura­nium up to a level of one mil­lion SWU (Separ­a­tive Work Unit).

It came af­ter the Leader of the Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion Ay­a­tol­lah Seyyed Ali Khamenei or­dered the AEOI to make prepa­ra­tions for the en­rich­ment of ura­nium up to a level of 190,000 SWU with­out any de­lay in the frame­work pro­vided by the JCPOA.

The fate of the 2015 nu­clear deal is un­clear af­ter the United States with­drew from it. The other sig­na­tory na­tions – Rus­sia, China, Ger­many, Bri­tain and France – are try­ing to sal­vage the ac­cord, which im­posed curbs on Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram in re­turn for a lift­ing of some eco­nomic sanc­tions.

In an in­ter­view with the Young Jour­nal­ists Club (YJC), Ka­mal­vandi said that new work would be­gin on the nu­clear pro­gram on the or­ders of the Leader.

“Cur­rently the Leader has or­dered that the pro­grams be car­ried out within the pa­ram­e­ters of the nu­clear deal,” Ka­mal­vandi said.

“And when he gives the order we will an­nounce the pro­grams for op­er­at­ing out­side of the nu­clear deal for re­viv­ing Fordo,” he added.

Ka­mal­vandi ac­cused the United States and other Western coun­tries of ap­ply­ing dou­ble stan­dards by op­pos­ing Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram, which is purely peace­ful, while ac­cept­ing the nu­clear weapons pro­gram of Is­rael.

“The West doesn’t crit­i­cize the Zion­ist regime and has even helped them,” the YJC quoted Ka­mal­vandi as say­ing. “With­out the help of the West and Amer­ica this regime could never have ob­tained nu­clear weapons.”

Is­rael is widely be­lieved to be in possession of nu­clear war­heads, which Is­rael has never con­firmed or de­nied.


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