Iran’s nuclear capacity shocked western powers — AEOI chief

TEHRAN, Iran affirmed on Saturday that its recent nuclear activities shocked the western parties to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) though these actions are in consistency with paragraph 26 of the deal.

“According to point 26 of the JCPOA, these actions were taken into consideration that we can take some actions in a bid to create balance,” IRNA quoted Chief of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi as saying in Bushehr city. “If they (the western powers) don’t live up to their commitments, we can reduce our commitments accordingly in a bid to create a balance in the deal,” he told reporters. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will visit Iran tomorrow, Sunday, to verify that Iran started uranium enrichment at a higher degree. Iran took the fourth phase of reduction of its nuclear commitments in response to the European inaction towards the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement and re-imposition of economic sanctions. Salehi noted that European and American politicians reacted with profound concern to Tehran’s latest moves after realizing that Iran’s potentials have become active. “It was a very big challenge for us, at the AEOI, to increase the country’s nuclear enrichment capacity to 3,500 Sus in a short time,” he reiterated. Salehi stressed that 15 new generation of nuclear centrifuges have been used at Natanz nuclear facility to increase the nuclear enrichment capacity to 2,660 Sus. “Europeans and Americans are at awe because they thought Iran doesn’t have the capacity,” the AEOI chief said, adding that nuclear enrichment resumed in Fordow nuclear site using 2,000 kilograms of UF6 uranium waste. Salehi noted that the US and Europeans didn’t remove sanctions but now Iran doesn’t have nuclear limits any more. He reiterated that Iran’s actions are reversible should the Europeans respond wisely.

The JCPOA was reached in Vienna on July 14, 2015, by Iran on one hand, and the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, namely China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States plus Germany) and the European Union, on the other.

Source: Kuwait News Agency