IAEA confirms Iran’s installation of advanced centrifuges
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed that Iran is installing advanced centrifuges after warning signatories of the 2015 nuclear deal that the clock is ticking for them to salvage the accord.
In a statement issued on Monday, the United Nations nuclear agency said it has "verified that the following centrifuges were either installed or being installed...: 22 IR-4, one IR-5, 30 IR-6 and three IR-6s".
On Sunday, Tehran hit out at European powers, saying they had left Iran little option but to scale back its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said the EU was supposed to “fill the vacuum” left by Washington's withdrawal last year from the deal, but unfortunately it failed to keep that promise.
The deal “is no one-way street; it was supposed to be a two-way path,” he said in a meeting with acting IAEA director general Cornel Feruta in Tehran.
Iran has stopped observing some of limits set by the deal. As a third step in its reduction of commitments, Iran said on Saturday it had activated 20 IR-4 and 20 IR-6 centrifuges for research and development purposes.
In its Monday statement, the IAEA said the centrifuges had been installed at the Natanz facility. All of the installed centrifuges, it said, had been prepared for testing with UF6 (uranium hexafluoride), "although none of them were being tested with UF6 on 7 and 8 September 2019."
Iran has informed the agency in a letter dated September 8 that “it would reinstall the piping at two R&D lines to accommodate a cascade of 164 IR-4 centrifuges and a cascade of 164 IR-2m centrifuges,” the statement added.