IAEA: Iran installing advanced centrifuges

Tasnim – Iran is installing advanced centrifuges, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Monday.

The UN’s nuclear watchdog has confirmed that Iran was installing advanced centrifuges, after Tehran took the third step in reducing commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal.

In a statement, the IAEA said that on September 7 it had “verified that the following centrifuges were either installed or being installed…: 22 IR-4, one IR-5, 30 IR-6 and three IR-6,” AFP reported.

Tehran has scaled back its nuclear commitments three times in compliance with articles 26 and 36 of the 2015 deal, after the US scrapped the agreement in May 2018 and the European parties (the UK, France, and Germany) failed to ensure Iran’s economic interests.

Iran and the Group 5+1 (Russia, China, US, Britain, France, and Germany) on July 14, 2015, reached a conclusion over the text of the JCPOA.

The accord took effect in January 2016 and was supposed to terminate all nuclear-related sanctions against Iran all at once, but its implementation was hampered by the US policies and its eventual withdrawal from the deal.

On May 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the nuclear accord.

Following the US withdrawal, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the deal.

However, the EU’s failure to ensure Iran’s economic interests forced Tehran to stop honoring certain commitments, including an unlimited rise in the stockpile of enriched uranium.

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