Iranian MPs support AEOI's measures against US sanctions
The Iranian legislators in a statement on Sunday voiced strong support for the recent moves made by the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) against the US sanctions.
"We, as parliament representatives, support the AEOI' recent measures in compliance with the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) approvals and lowering of the level of its nuclear undertakings within the framework of the (2015) nuclear deal and removal of certain restrictions on the country's nuclear industry, including quadrupling production of enriched uranium and stopping restrictions on heavy water and enriched uranium reserves," the statement said.
The statement was issued after AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi announced that Iran had quadrupled the production rate of uranium enriched to 3.67% level of purity, adding that the country would exceed the stockpiling cap of 300 kilograms of the nuclear fuel within the next couple of weeks.
Kamalvandi, addressing reporters at Natanz nuclear facility on Monday, said that the AEOI had increased by fourfold the production rate of uranium enriched to 3.67% just few weeks after the country officially stopped implementing some of its commitments under an international nuclear accord.
"This issue does not mean an increase in enrichment level or an increase in centrifuge machines or a change in the type of centrifuges, but the production capacity of these 3.67% enriched uranium will be quadrupled," Kamalvandi said.
He added that Iran had informed the International Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA) of this issue.
Kamalvandi said the production capacity for 3.67% enriched uranium could be increased using the existing number of centrifuges. So, he added, Iran would exceed the cap of 300 kilograms of low-enriched uranium in the near future.