Nov 07, 2019 18:15 UTC
  • Iran's enrichment capacity to hit pre-JCPOA level: AEOI spokesman

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says with the new centrifuges installed following the third step that Iran took to reduce its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, the country’s enrichment capacity is to reach the level it was before signing the agreement.

According to press TV, speaking in an interview on Thursday, Behrouz Kamalvandi said, “With the new machines, which have been installed after taking the third step [to reduce Iran's commitments under the deal], 2,600 SWU (separative work units) have been added to the country’s enrichment capacity.”

The AEOI official added, “A total of 15 new machines were installed after the third step, which increased our total nuclear production capacity to 2,600 SWU. Today, the work at Fordow has been finished and four more cascades will be added… to increase our total capacity by about 700 SWU. When the work is totally done, our overall [enrichment] capacity will stand at about 9,500 SWU, which is the level we held before singing the JCPOA.”

“Of course, our pre-JCPOA [enrichment] capacity was 1,000 SWU more [than this]. But the difference is that we have many advanced machines at our disposal. The farther we go, the more we can harvest from these machines. The knowledge that we receive too will help us enhance the quality and functionality of the machines,” Kamalvandi added.

The spokesperson also commented on an underway meeting of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the Austrian capital. That session, he said, was actually being held in preparation for a main gathering, which is due on Friday, to address the implementation of the IAEA’s Safeguards Agreement in Iran.

He said such meetings take place from time to time to examine matters concerning the country and the safeguards.

Iran's Ambassador to the IAEA Kazem Gharib-Abadi would partake in Friday’s session to outline Iran’s position, Kamalvandi remarked.