The nuclear chief of Iran inaugurated a new nuclear enrichment facility. The Islamic Republic’s nuclear enrichment facility will be producing centrifuges under the conditions signed by Tehran, the capital city, in a deal with other world powers.
The local television broadcasted an interview with the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Ali Akbar Salehi, in which the facility at the Natanz’s uranium enrichment center was showcased.
During the interview, Salehi said that the construction of the facility had commenced much before the deal was signed in 2015. The first centrifuges to be produced will be the old-generation centrifuges and Salehi hopes that they will be completed within a month.
The U.N. nuclear watchdog was informed that Iran would be increasing its nuclear enrichment capacity but will take care so as to stay within limits defined by the deal. It is believed that this gesture may or may not have been directed at President Trump’s withdrawal from the said deal.
Iran and other world powers sign deal limiting Iran’s use of enriched uranium
The agreement promised to lift sanctions that crippled Iran’s economic growth in exchange for which Tehran was asked to limit the country’s uranium enrichment program. The deal faced one of the greatest diplomatic challenges when President Trump made a decision to pull out of the deal.
The other nations including Europe that is involved in the deal are now trying to find ways to save the deal. A number of companies that had earlier shown haste to make multimillion-dollar deals are now rapidly withdrawing their support in fear of repercussions from the U.S. sanctions.
Located 155 miles south of Tehran, Natanz has underground facilities protected by 25 feet of concrete which offers protection from possible airstrikes.
Ever since Natanz was publicly disclosed in 2002, it has always been a cause for conflict between Iran and the West. Although Tehran has always maintained its nuclear facilities solely for peaceful purposes, the Western nations fear Iran might enrich enough uranium to be used in atomic weapons.
In fact, the height of the fear was such that the Stuxnet computer virus, a rather malicious computer virus, entered the computer systems at Natanz causing several centrifuges to spin themselves to destruction. The virus is believed to be the brainchild of both the U.S. and Israel.
Finally, in 2015, Iran agreed to store any excess centrifuges under the surveillance of the U.N. nuclear watchdog.