According to Russian media reports on July 9th, in order to counter US sanctions and European As a result, Iran is stepping up its uranium enrichment activities. The 2015 Iran Nuclear Agreement (JCPOA) set the upper limit of uranium enrichment purity to 3.67%. Tehran's uranium enrichment activities on Monday exceeded this limit. The spokesperson of the Iranian Atomic Energy Agency announced thatThe abundance of condensed uranium has reached 4.5%, and will consider increasing the abundance of enriched uranium to 20%. In addition, Iran broke the 300 kg low-abundance enriched uranium inventory limit less than a week ago.
Experts say that 20% of enriched uranium can theoretically complete a nuclear explosion reaction. The difference In terms of the reliability of the atomic bomb explosion, this is also the most that Iran has been able to achieve before.High level, which is also recognized by the United Nations as weapon-grade nuclear fuel. Russian media said that Tehran hopes that the European parties to the Iran nuclear agreement will fulfill their trade commitments to Iran and reach an agreement on Iranian oil exports. This violates US sanctions. Iran’s high-level establishment of the current uranium enrichment activities is a “temporary measure”. Once Europe comes up with satisfactory solutions, these activities can be reversed.
International Atomic Energy Agency spokesperson Beluz Kamalwandi said on Monday that the 4.5% enrichment level “fully meets Iran’s requirements for power plant fuel”. Earlier, Iran’s only nuclear power plant in Bushehr used fuel imported from Russia with an enrichment level of 5%. Middle East expert Paul Helu said that the 20% uranium enrichment level is still a big step lower than the 90% needed to make nuclear weapons, but the development of weapon-grade uranium is not linear.
Tariq Lauf, the former head of inspection and security policy at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said that no country intends to build only one nuclear weapon. At present, Iran is just "sending a signal that it can increase Big bet". Iran currently operates approximately 5,000 "primitive" centrifuges. Before the Iran nuclear agreement came into effect, this number was close to 20,000. Kamalwandi said on Monday that the restart of these centrifuges mayLang's next move.
Russian media stated that since the unilateral withdrawal of the comprehensive agreement last year, the United States has been Impose sanctions. US Secretary of State Pompeo responded to Iran’s recent increase in uranium enrichment activities, promising to "further isolation and sanctions." European leaders are even more hesitant. Both Britain and Germany warned Iran to stop the consequences of its withdrawal from the agreement.French President Emmanuel Macron contacted Tehran and demanded "resumption of dialogue", but threatened that if uranium enrichment activities continue, it will have bad "consequences."
Iran’s latest nuclear program expansion will lead to further isolation and sanctions, the United States and Israel Calls on all countries to reinstate tougher sanctions, because the Iranian regime with nuclear weapons will giveThe world brings greater danger. However, experts say that Europe will continue to play a "third-party role" and will not completely stand on the side of Washington or Tehran.