Iran to Keep Uranium Enrichment at 4.5% Level ‘Until Further Notice’

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrooz Kamalvandi says Iran has no plan to trespass the current 4.5-percent enrichment level in the near future, but in the next phase, it may grow to 20%.

“For now, the level of our uranium enrichment stands at 4.5 percent and we have no plan yet to increase it,” he was quoted as saying in a report by IRNA.

Kamalvandi underlined that the 4.5 percent enrichment has already met Iran’s domestic needs and Iran can supply the fuel required for Tehran reactor for the next years. “We can produce further if the needs of Tehran reactor increase.”

The spokesman went on to say that at present uranium enrichment in Iran hinges on two parameters.

“First, the technical logic and second the political one. The level and percentage of enrichment may change based on political logic,” he said.

He finally added that Iran doesn’t need a 20 percent enrichment for the time being, but may consider it in the next phase of its nuclear activities.

Iran began the second phase of its scaling down on its commitments under the Iran nuclear deal following the remaining parties’ failure to live up to their pledges.

Iran has vowed to start the third phase within the next two months if the other sides continue to delay their commitments. The Islamic Republic of Iran has underlined that the reduction of commitments is made within the JCPOA.

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