TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Iranian legislators on Tuesday hailed the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) for resuming uranium enrichment to 20 percent purity under a law recently adopted by the parliament.
In a statement, 190 legislators threw their weight behind Iran’s nuclear industry and called for full and precise implementation of the law designed to counter U.S. sanctions on the country.
On December 1, Iranian lawmakers overwhelmingly voted in favor of the "Strategic Action Plan to Lift Sanctions and Safeguard Interests of Iranian People,” which mainly intends to counteract the unilateral sanctions imposed on Iran after U.S/ President Donald Trump on May 8, 2018 pulled his country out of a 2015 Iran nuclear deal. The bill became law after Iran’s Guardian Council ratified it a day later.
According to the new law, the Iranian administration is required to suspend more commitments under the nuclear deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was inked by Iran and six major countries on July 14 that year.
The law has tasked the AEOI with producing and storing at least 120 kilograms of enriched uranium with 20 percent purity every year and also enriching beyond 20 percent if the country’s peaceful nuclear activities demand, among other things.
In their statement, the MPs said the parliament approved the strategic action plan to reiterate Iran’s legitimate right to use peaceful nuclear technology and the importance of lifting all cruel sanctions against the country.
The Islamic Republic will not step back one iota from its rights, they added.
Iran on January 4 announced the beginning of enrichment up to 20 percent at its Fordow nuclear facility in response to the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA and the failure of the European signatories to fulfill their side of the deal.
After the U.S. imposed sanctions in 2018, Iran remained fully compliant with the JCPOA for an entire year, waiting for the co-signatories to fulfill their end of the bargain by offsetting the impacts of American bans on the Iranian economy.
With the Europeans sitting on their hands, Tehran has rowed back on its nuclear commitments five times under Articles 26 and 36 of the nuclear deal.
AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Monday that the nuclear body will implement technical aspects of the recently-approved law. "We are already doing this regardless of how the executive bylaw of this law is drawn up.”