The United States accused Iran of readying for a sprint towards a nuclear weapon after its government reactivated an underground enrichment facility mothballed under the 2015 nuclear. Witnessed by international inspectors, Iran began injecting uranium gas into spinning centrifuges in the Fordow facility yesterday, suspending its commitment under that agreement not to undertake atomic activity at the plant. By tomorrow Fordow should be producing uranium enriched to 4.5 per cent purity, enough to power electricity generation but far below 90 per cent purity weapons grade fuel.
Times 8th Nov 2019 read more »
The United Nations nuclear watchdog and Western powers on Thursday strongly criticised Iran for preventing one of the agency’s inspectors from leaving the country last week. The U.S. envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency said detaining the inspector was an “outrageous provocation” by Iran and the agency itself said it was unacceptable. Reuters first reported on Wednesday that Iran had held the IAEA inspector and seized her travel documents in what appears to be the first incident of its kind since Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers was struck in 2015. Iran confirmed on Wednesday that it prevented the inspector from gaining access to its main uranium-enrichment facility at Natanz. The IAEA said on Thursday that one of its inspectors was “temporarily prevented from leaving Iran” last week.
Reuters 7th Nov 2019 read more »
Iran‘s resuming of uranium enrichment will be followed by similar steps every two months unless European states do more to save the country’s nuclear deal with international powers, one of the Tehran’s senior diplomats has declared.
Independent 7th Nov 2019 read more »