News ID: 69290
Date: 13 August 2019 - 21:58
TEHRAN (Dispatches) – Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi said on Tuesday that the country’s enriched uranium stockpile has reached 360 to 370 kilograms.
Speaking on the sidelines of a ceremony to construct a national nuclear research center in Fordow, Kamalvandi pointed to the country’s latest peaceful nuclear activities and said when the AEOI increased the level of uranium enrichment to a higher purity than 3.67%, it sought to meet the county’s needs.
"We are currently producing (enriched uranium) at a good capacity, and our stockpile is at least 60 to 70 kilograms more than 300kg (limit set in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal), and this amount is growing rapidly,” he said.
The spokesman further pointed to heavy water production in Iran and said the country has no obligation to send more than 130 tons of heavy water to other countries as per the nuclear agreement.
Meanwhile, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said the Iranian government will ask the opinion of Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei on taking the third phase of reducing nuclear commitments in response to the Europeans' inaction to keep Iran economically satisfied.
"The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) supervisory committee has convened, and the meeting will focus on consults among its members and the Supreme Leader's opinion," Salehi said.
Iran has already reduced some of its nuclear commitments in two phases that started on May 8, the anniversary of the U.S. withdrawal from the pact.
The official stressed his organization has already submitted several scenarios for a possible third phase in case the Europeans fail to live up to their obligations within the JCPOA.
He reiterated that he can’t make any hypotheses or guesses about what will happen in next few months.
Iran has been asking Germany, France and the United Kingdom, also known as the E3, to stand up to the U.S. maximum pressure and buy its oil and ease trade relations.