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Iran: new step against nuclear agreement announced

Gas injection in centrifuges on Wednesday

Today, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a speech broadcast live on State television, announced that on Wednesday November 6 he will inject gas into 1044 centrifuges at his Fordow plant. This is a new step that further distances Tehran from the 2015 nuclear agreement already announced as a protest against the remaining signatory countries of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

"We cannot unilaterally accept to fulfill our commitments if others do not respect them", said Rouhani. And he added: "When they keep their promises we will remove the gas again, so it is not an irreversible decision".

Already yesterday, Iran had declared that it had increased its daily production of uranium by about 10 times (see AVIONEWS).

According to the pact, the Islamic Republic is allowed to run the centrifuges at Fordow without being able to inject gas.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)  is an international nuclear energy treaty in Iran that was signed in Vienna on July 14, 2015 between Iran, China, Russia, United States, Germany and the countries of the European Union. Under the contract, Iran has agreed to eliminate its reserves of medium-enriched uranium, and to cut low-enriched uranium reserves by 98%, to reduce its gas centrifuges by two-thirds and for the next fifteen years will be able to enrich uranium only to 3.67%. Tehran also agreed not to build any new heavy water reactor for the same period, the activities will be limited to a single plant using first-generation centrifuges for ten years and other platforms will be converted to avoid the risk of atomic proliferation. To monitor and verify compliance with the agreement, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has regular access to all Iranian facilities. The treaty provides that in exchange for compliance with its commitments, Iran would have obtained the cessation of economic sanctions imposed by the USA, the EU and the United Nations Security Council because of its nuclear program.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency