Iran is now running two cascades of advanced centrifuges at its Natanz nuclear plant, with two more to come at its Fordo nuclear facility.
“Thanks to our diligent nuclear scientists, two cascades of 348 IR2m centrifuges with almost four times the capacity of IR1 centrifuges are now running with UF6 successfully in Natanz. Installation of 2 cascades of IR6 centrifuges has also begun in Fordo,” Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Kazem Gharibabadi said.
“There is more to come soon,” he added.
According to Gharibabadi, the IAEA was informed of progress as planned and could inspect the centrifuges’ installation.
Iran’s actions are in direct violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA] because it enables them to renew their nuclear program. According to the nuclear deal, Iran is only permitted to enrich uranium at Natanz and only with first-generation IR-1 centrifuges.
Iran’s IRNA news agency reports that the regime blames the U.S. for the rise in enriched uranium because of its failure to implement its obligations under the JCPOA.