Iran continues to enrich uranium at the 20% level
The Deputy Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee denies reports that Tehran discontinued to enrich uranium at a level where it is easier to develop a nuclear weapon and clarified: “This is a red line for us,” he claimed. “The enrichment needs to be for medical and research purposes.”
Will enrichment at a high level continue? Photo Credit: Reuters
Despite claims last week from a senior level Iranian official that their country has stopped enriching uranium higher than at the 5% level, the Iranian Parliament’s Deputy Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee stated the world powers recognized Tehran’s right to enrich uranium at the 20% level.
The senior level Iranian, Mansour Haqiqatpour, stated that Iran never stopped enriching uranium under the 20% level and clarified that is the red line of the Islamic Republic of Iran. He added that Iran demands uranium enrichment for medical and research purposes. Haqiqatpour claims that around 850 million Iranian citizens from across the country are waiting for medical treatment provided by the enrichment process.
The senior level Iranian parliamentarian reported yesterday that a diplomat from the International Atomic Energy Agency emphasized that enrichment continues at the 20% level. The IAEA refused to verify the information, but the last time that the agency examined Iranian reactors was over a week ago.
Four days prior, the Deputy Chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee announced that his country has stopped uranium enrichment at a level higher than 5%, the amount needed to produce nuclear enrichment for civilian use. The reason for stopping to enrich at this level, he claims is that Iran needs to enrich uranium at the 20% level.