Iran re­sumes ura­nium en­rich­ment at For­dow plant

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IRAN re­sumed ura­nium en­rich­ment at its un­der­ground For­dow plant south of Tehran on Thurs­day in a new step back from its com­mit­ments un­der a land­mark 2015 nu­clear deal. En­gi­neers be­gan feed­ing ura­nium hex­aflu­o­ride gas into the plant’s moth­balled en­rich­ment cen­trifuges in “the first min­utes of Thurs­day”, the Ira­nian Atomic En­ergy Or­gan­i­sa­tion said.

IRAN re­sumed ura­nium en­rich­ment at its un­der­ground For­dow plant south of Tehran on Thurs­day in a new step back from its com­mit­ments un­der a land­mark 2015 nu­clear deal, rais­ing alarm from West­ern pow­ers.

En­gi­neers be­gan feed­ing ura­nium hexa uoride gas into the plant’s moth­balled en­rich­ment cen­trifuges in “the first min­utes of Thurs­day”, the Ira­nian Atomic En­ergy rgan­i­sa­tion said.

The sus­pen­sion of ura­nium en­rich­ment at the long-se­cret plant was one of the re­stric­tions on its nu­clear pro­gramme Iran had agreed to in re­turn for the lift­ing of sanc­tions.

Iran’s an­nounce­ment that it would re­sume en­rich­ment at the For­dow plant had drawn a cho­rus of con­cern from the re­main­ing par­ties to the trou­bled agree­ment.

Bri­tain, China, France, Ger­many and Rus­sia have been try­ing to sal­vage the hard-won deal since Wash­ing­ton aban­doned it in May last year and reim­posed crip­pling uni­lat­eral sanc­tions.

The re­sump­tion of en­rich­ment at For­dow is Iran’s fourth step away from the agree­ment.

(AFP)

In this file hand­out photo re­leased by Iran’s Atomic En­ergy Or­ga­ni­za­tion, shows the atomic en­rich­ment fa­cil­i­ties Nataz nu­clear power plant, south of cap­i­tal Tehran.

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