Iran pressures US for accelerating underground uranium enrichment
Iran pressures US for accelerating underground uranium enrichment

VIENNA: UN nuclear watchdog report showed that Iran is raising pressure on U.S. President-elect Joe Biden. The pressure is for the plans to install more advanced uranium-enriching centrifuges at an underground plant in breach of its deal with major powers, on Friday.

The confidential International Atomic Energy Agency report obtained by Reuters said Iran plans to install several more cascades, or clusters, of advanced IR-2m centrifuges in the underground plant at Natanz, which was apparently built to withstand aerial bombardment. Iran's nuclear deal with major powers says Tehran can only use first-generation IR-1 centrifuges, which are less efficient, at the underground plant and that those are the only machines with which Iran may acquire enriched uranium. The IAEA's report said, "In a letter dated 2 December 2020, Iran informed the Agency that the operator of the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz 'intends to start the installation of three cascades of IR-2m centrifuge machines' at FEP." Iran has broken off many of the deal's core restrictions on its nuclear activities in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the agreement.

The newly elected President Biden, who takes office on January 20, has said he will bring the United States back into the deal if Iran resumes full compliance with its nuclear restrictions. 

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