IAEA confirms Iran installing advanced centrifuges

IAEA confirms Iran installing advanced centrifuges

IAEA confirms Iran installing advanced centrifuges

The article, no doubt picked up by dozens or more U.S. news organizations, states in its lead paragraph, " Iran has begun using arrays of advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium in violation of its 2015 nuclear deal, a spokesman said Saturday, warning that Europe has little time left to offer new terms to save the accord".

A spokesperson for the International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday inspectors confirmed the new centrifuges, which include 30 advanced IR-6 and three IR-6s models.

Iranian officials have so far refused, saying they will not speak with the United States until the sanctions are eased.

On Sunday the IAEA's Acting Director General Cornel Feruta was in Tehran, where he met senior Iranian officials. Iran has warned that if the nuclear deal continues to unravel, it will do just that.

Since Thursday, Iran has suspended all of its commitments regarding the nuclear research and development under the JCPOA for the third step.

In its Monday statement, the IAEA said the centrifuges had been installed at the Natanz facility.

Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesperson for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, said Saturday that Iran had started injecting uranium gas into centrifuges.

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Iran has also informed the IAEA that it will take steps to accommodate "a cascade of 164 IR-4 centrifuges and a cascade of 164 IR-2m centrifuges".

The IAEA said "ongoing interactions ... require full and timely cooperation by Iran", indicating possible worries about information sharing, according to diplomats.

"History has taught us a few times that surrendering to tyrants only leads to violence, not peace", he said in a statement. As the war of words between Iran and the US continues, the Islamic Republic has also shown it's ire at the USA withdrawal from the agreement by interfering in shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, and with increased attacks by proxy groups in Lebanon and Iraq. "Evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran continue". It is independent, impartial, factual and professional.

But in taking these steps, Iran is not, and indeed can not be "in violation" of the agreement on its nuclear program that was negotiated by the Obama administration and the Iranian government in 2015, with the backing of 5 other nations (France, the UK, China, Russia and Germany).

France has proposed offering Iran about $15 billion (€13.6bn) in credit lines until year-end if Tehran comes fully back into compliance with its 2015 nuclear deal, a move that hinges on Washington not blocking it, Western and Iranian sources said. The deal is not a one-way street and Iran will act accordingly as we have done so far by gradually downgrading our commitments, ' he said.

Iran has already broken the limits on uranium enrichment levels and the overall stockpile of enriched uranium laid down in the JCPOA. "Depending on the engagement it can take two months, six months".

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