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Iran Shortens Time for Resumption of 20% Enrichment to 48 Hours

9 April 2018 21:50

 

Iran’s nuclear officials now say the country can restore the part of the uranium enrichment process halted under the nuclear deal in a matter of hours, and produce uranium stockpiles enriched to the purity level of 20 percent in less than two days.

Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi made the remarks one day after AEOI Head Ali Akbar Salehi announced that his organization enjoys the capability to restore 20-percent uranium enrichment at its Fordo nuclear facility in just 4 days if the 2015 nuclear deal is discarded by the other side.

“This is possible in 4 days and we are even able to fulfill the job in two days,” Kamalvandi told reporters in Tehran on Monday.

Kamalvandi added that Iran has 1,600 machines at Fordo that are spinning idly and which could be used for 20% enrichment if needed.

Salehi had told reporters in Tehran on Sunday that “if senior Islamic Republic officials issue an order to resume the 20% enrichment, we can do it in Fordo within 4 days”.

He said this statement should be seen as a warning by the other side against discarding the nuclear deal, stressing that Iran can even show more extensive progress in other parts of its nuclear activities to go beyond the previous levels.

Iran had also warned last July that it enjoyed the capability to restore its uranium enrichment operations and even develop its capacity to 100,000 SWUs (Separative Work Units) if the nuclear deal with the world powers failed as a result of the US non-compliance with its undertakings.

“We don’t have any problems technically. We were moving normally in the past but if we want to soar up, we can ascend to go up the ladder and develop 100,000 SWUs (of enrichment capacity) in one and a half years and change the heart of the (Arak heavy water) reactor too,” AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said.

Iran has already gone along the lengthy path of developing its civilian nuclear technology and, for instance, it took Tehran five years to plan and design to build the heart of Arak heavy water reactor; hence it will take only 1.5 years now for the country to rebuild it because the plans and infrastructures are already there, he added, explaining that it wouldn’t take long for Iran to revive all its past nuclear capabilities if the deal fails.

Kamalvandi warned members of the Group 5+1 (the US, Russia, China, Britain and France plus Germany), specially Washington, to remain committed to the nuclear deal or face Iran’s reciprocation and resumption of its nuclear program development.

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