Iran now using advanced new centrifuges to enrich uranium at Natanz plant

Leaked atomic watchdog report says Iran has installed 174 highly advanced IR-4 machines at underground site in further violation of nuclear deal, and plans on installing more

By TOI STAFF and AGENCIES

In this June 6, 2018 frame grab from the Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting, IRIB, state-run TV, three versions of domestically-built centrifuges are shown in a live TV program from Natanz, an Iranian uranium enrichment plant, in Iran. (IRIB via AP, File)

In this June 6, 2018 frame grab from the Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting, IRIB, state-run TV, three versions of domestically-built centrifuges are shown in a live TV program from Natanz, an Iranian uranium enrichment plant, in Iran. (IRIB via AP, File)

Iran has begun using the highly advanced new IR-4 centrifuge to enrich uranium at its Natanz plant in a further breach of its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, the Reuters news agency reported Tuesday, citing a UN atomic watchdog document.

Washington pulled out of the JCPOA (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) unilaterally in 2018 under then-president Donald Trump, but President Joe Biden has indicated that the US would be willing to rejoin.

Iran has been steadily violating the restrictions of the deal, including on the amount of enriched uranium it can stockpile and the purity to which it can enrich it. Tehran’s moves have been calculated to put pressure on the other nations in the deal — Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain — to do more to offset crippling sanctions reimposed under Trump, but they also bring Iran potentially closer to the bomb.

READ MORE HERE: Iran now using advanced new centrifuges to enrich uranium at Natanz plant | The Times of Israel

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