The Iranian parliament has passed a bill to increase uranium enrichment to weapons-grade levels in the wake of the assassination of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh,
According to the Iran-based Tasnim news agency, the lawmakers assigned a double-urgency status to a bill dubbed “The strategic measure for the removal of sanctions,” and ratified it in a 232-14 vote session
The bill envisages increasing the uranium enrichment level to 20 percent or more — such uranium is considered a weapon-grade one. At the moment, Iran is enriching uranium at more than 4 percent, while the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) capped the level at 3.67 percent purity.
In addition, the bill involves the restoration of the Arak nuclear reactor, which was set to be redesigned for the production of radioisotopes so that it does not produce weapons-grade plutonium under the JCPOA, and the construction of another reactor. Another provision of the bill obliges Iran to abandon voluntary compliance with the Additional Protocol to the safeguards agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Fakhrizadeh, who was assassinated on Friday night, headed the AMAD program, which was purported to be a nuclear weapons development project. Iran has repeatedly denied having any military nuclear program, stressing that it only uses atomic energy for peaceful purposes.