Nov 12, 2019 07:03 UTC

European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini says despite all difficulties, the bloc's foreign ministers have once again reaffirmed their support for the full implementation of a nuclear deal Iran clinched with the 5+1 group in 2015.

According to Press TV, Mogherini told reporters after a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday "Let me stress that there was again today, around our table, full commitment to the [nuclear] agreement (officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA) that remains crucial for our security even if it is increasingly difficult to preserve it."

"We will continue efforts to have a full implementation of the agreement," she added.

The EU foreign policy chief also expressed major concern over the latest announcement by Iran on its decision to resume uranium enrichment at its Fordow nuclear facility, saying the union always relies on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for verification.

Mogherini noted that the IAEA inspectors were on the enrichment site in Iran in the recent days and added that the EU would react to the issue after the Agency's report.

"As the coordinator of the Joint Commission, I’m reaching out to all the JCPOA participants to discuss the follow-up and the next steps based again on the IAEA report that we will see later today," she pointed out.

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said on Wednesday that it had officially started injecting gas into hundreds of centrifuges at Fordow in the fourth step away from the nuclear deal.

The step came as part of the fourth rollback of Iran's commitments under the nuclear deal in reciprocation for the United States' pullout from the JCPOA and Europe’s failure to meet its end of the bargain.

It involves injecting UF6 (uranium hexafluoride) gas into centrifuges under the supervision of inspectors from the IAEA.

Under the JCPOA, the first-generation IR-1 centrifuges at Fordow are only allowed to spin without uranium gas.

Head of the AEOI Ali Akbar Salehi said on Monday Iran has increased its daily production of low-enriched uranium (LEU) after it resumed enrichment at the Fordow facility.

Speaking in an interview with the Associated Press, the Iranian nuclear chief added that the country was now producing at least 5.5 kilograms of low-enriched uranium per day, compared to previous production of about 450 grams per day.

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