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Iran Starts Production at Centrifuge Component Workshop

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Iran has started making components for machines used to enrich uranium at a new workshop in Natanz, the country’s main nuclear site, the UN atomic watchdog said Thursday. News Online

The new workshop replaces a nuclear facility in Karaj, near Tehran, after an attack there last year, which Iran said was an act of sabotage.

On Tuesday, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) completed installing surveillance cameras at the new site and removed the seals from the machines to produce components of centrifuges, equipment used to enrich uranium.

“On April 13, Iran informed the agency that the machines would start operating at the new workshop the same day,” Director General Rafael Grossi said in his latest report on the Islamic republic’s nuclear programme seen by AFP.

World powers are negotiating to revive a 2015 landmark agreement to rein in Iran’s nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

The accord started to unravel in 2018 when then US president Donald Trump left the deal and re-instated sanctions, leading Iran to in turn step up its nuclear programme again.

Negotiations to return to the 2015 agreement started early last year. Negotiators say they are close to a conclusion, but have not manage to finalise all points yet.

Since last year, Iran has not allowed the IAEA to actively use its surveillance cameras. Instead, Tehran is storing the recordings while negotiations are ongoing.


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Notes from APS Radio News

During he past few decades Iran has maintained that its nuclear program is intended for civilian purposes like generating electricity and for use in medical situations.

Iran is one of the world’s signatories to the nuclear non-proliferation treaty.

Israel, which is purported to have several hundred nuclear weapons, is not a signatory.

According to inspections done by the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran has enriched uranium to about 10% fissile purity.

Phyisicists say that in order to produce nuclear weapons, Iran would have to enrich uranium to about 95% purity.

During the past few decades, the IAEA has conducted inspections of Iran’s facilities.

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