Iran issued a notice to the United Nations supervisory agency IAEA of the specific steps to produce metal uranium enriched to 20% purity.
The United States and European powers condemned Iran’s decision to produce metal uranium enriched to 20% purity, but the United States stated that the diplomatic window for allowing both parties to resume compliance with the 2015 nuclear agreement is still open.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported on Tuesday that Iran intends to enrich uranium to 20%, which is the latest sign that the Vienna talks on the resumption of the joint comprehensive action plan may be stalled.
This move brings Iran one step closer to developing materials that can be used to make nuclear weapons.
“The worrying thing is that Iran chooses to escalate its failure to fulfill its [nuclear deal] Commitment, especially experiments that are valuable for nuclear weapons research,” U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at a briefing.
“For Iran, this is another unfortunate setback, especially when we show our sincere willingness and willingness to return to Iran. [deal]. “
Since former President Donald Trump withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Agreement (JCPOA) in 2018, Iran has been gradually violating its restrictions and exerting pressure on the remaining parties-the three European countries, Russia and China-to propose Economic incentives to offset severe U.S. sanctions
At the same time, Germany, France and the United Kingdom have also expressed “serious concern”, saying in a joint statement that Iran “threatens the success of the Vienna talks.”
The United Kingdom, France and Germany stated in a joint statement: “Iran has no credible civilian demand for the development and production of uranium metal. This is a crucial step in the development of nuclear weapons.”
The statement added: “We strongly urge Iran to immediately stop all activities that violate the JCPOA and return to the Vienna negotiations in order to quickly end the negotiations.”
The talks in Vienna are aimed at rejoining the JCPOA of the United States under the leadership of the new President Joe Biden. If Iran meets the conditions, Biden has expressed willingness.
The 2015 agreement aims to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Tehran denies that it is seeking such an arsenal.
However, negotiations that began in April have not made progress in recent weeks.
Since the new conservative President Ibrahim Raisi will take office in Iran on August 3 and replace the more moderate Hassan Rouhani, it is not clear what will happen after they take office.