On January 17, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) quoted Mohammad Hassan Asafari, an MP who sits on parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, as saying that a plan has been drawn up to give the green-light to the government to enrich uranium to 60 percent levels in case sanctions persist. The following is a partial translation of what he had to say to the news agency:
If America forged ahead with its sanctions and excessive demands, an initiative which grants the government the go-ahead for 60 percent enrichment would be handed over to the Presiding Board of the chamber.
Over the past month, some 205 MPs have signed a plan which would require the government to enrich uranium to 60 percent levels for submarine fuel and other industrial purposes in case the West, America in particular, failed to abandon their excessiveness and pressed ahead with sanctions.
On Thursday, Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani made reference to the plan without going into detail.