Iran announces prohibited centrifuges are now in operation again, to speed up enrichment

Iran announces prohibited centrifuges are now in operation again, to speed up enrichment
Air defense and perimeter security at Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility. Wikipedia: By Hamed Saber - https://www.flickr.com/photos/hamed/237790717, CC BY 2.0, Link

[Ed. – Keep in mind, the JCPOA “deal” is still in operation as far as all the rest of the P5+1 are concerned (UK, France, Germany, Russia, China).  Iran is trying to get the EU-3 to buck restored U.S. sanctions, on the basis of the JCPOA, which only the U.S. suspended measures from.  This is how Iran is doing that.  Should be crystal clear none of this is about convincing the P5+1 that Iran’s nuclear intentions are peaceful.]

Iran on Saturday said it now uses arrays of advanced centrifuges prohibited by its 2015 nuclear deal and can enrich uranium “much more beyond” current levels to weapons-grade material, taking a third step away from the accord while warning Europe has little time to offer it new terms.

While insisting Iran doesn’t seek a nuclear weapon, the comments by Behrouz Kamalvandi of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran threatened pushing uranium enrichment far beyond levels ever reached in the country. Prior to the atomic deal, Iran only reached up to 20%, which itself still is only a short technical step away from weapons-grade levels of 90%. …

“So far, Iran has showed patience before the U.S. pressures and Europeans’ indifference,” said Qassem Babaei, a 33-year-old electrician in Tehran. “Now they should wait and see how Iran achieves its goals.”

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