April 13, 2021 – 19:57
Iran has warned it will start enriching uranium to 60 percent purity, two days after an attack on the key Natanz nuclear power plant.
Israel is to blame for this attack.
The warning came hours after a senior Iranian diplomat said the alleged Natanz attack was a “very bad game” that would strengthen Tehran’s hand in talks to revive the nuclear deal Iran has signed with world powers in 2015.
Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency of its intentions to “launch enrichment of up to 60 percent,” the state-run IRNA news agency reported on April 13.
Press TV, the Iranian state television in English, has said that the enrichment will start on April 14.
Uranium enrichment of up to 60 percent will be the highest degree achieved by Iran’s nuclear program, although 90 percent purity is needed for military use.
Under the nuclear deal, Iran has pledged to keep enrichment levels at 3.67 percent.
Recently, Iranian officials have said that the nuclear deal is not being implemented and have enriched uranium to 20 percent.
Tehran’s announcement came after Iranian officials said the April 11 explosion had caused power outages at Natanz, affecting Iran’s first generation of centrifuges.
This country has pledged to “take revenge” and increase nuclear activities./REL