According to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to member states, the Islamic Republic has begun to “feed the centrifuge cascade»Advances to the Fordo plant.

Iran reported new technical advances in uranium enrichment this weekend, continuing to develop its nuclear program amid stalled talks to revive the 2015 deal.

According to a report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to member states, the Islamic Republic has begun to “feed the centrifuge cascadeadvancements at the Fordo plant, recently modified for greater efficiency.

This technical improvement makes it possiblechange the cascade configuration more easilyand quickly move from one enrichment level to another, the IAEA explained in an earlier May report. This factory is located deep in the mountains about 180 km south of Tehran.

At the beginning of January 2021, Iran announced that it had started the process aimed at producing 20% ​​enriched uranium on the site, over the 3.67% set by the agreement known by its English acronym JCPOA. A few months later it had crossed, in another place, the unprecedented threshold of 60%, approaching the 90% necessary to carry out a bomb, an intention denied by Tehran.

The UN nuclear policeman has the task of verifying and monitoring the implementation of the commitments made by Iran in 2015 in Vienna with the major powers. But after the US withdrawal in 2018 under the leadership of Donald Trump and the reintroduction of sanctions, Tehran has gradually freed itself from its obligations. And discussions opened in the spring of 2020 in Vienna to find an agreement have stalled after a recent failed attempt in Doha.

At the same time, the IAEA is sailing increasingly blind: Iran withdrew 27 surveillance cameras in June, in response to the adoption of a critical resolution by the Board of Governors. If the block persists,in three to four weeksThe agency will no longer be able to provide the information necessary to monitor the Iranian program, its director general Rafael Grossi warned at the time. A deadline has now been reached.

This file will be one of the topics of discussion for Joe Biden, who will travel to Israel on Tuesday and then to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia on Friday. “My administration will continue to increase diplomatic and economic pressure until Iran is ready to return to compliance with the agreement, just as I am ready to do.“, Writes the American president in a column published on Saturday by the Washington Post.

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