The United Kingdom, France and Germany condemned the expansion of Iran’s nuclear program on Tuesday after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed that Tehran had begun producing enriched uranium.
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The announcement was made by AFP, quoted by Agerpres. In a joint statement, the three countries “condemn Iran’s latest measures, confirmed by the IAEA, aimed at further expansion of its nuclear program”.
The IAEA has confirmed that Iran has begun producing uranium enriched up to 60% at an underground fuel plant in Fordo, in addition to its production that began at Natanz in April 2021. Increasing its production capacity, Tehran “took new significant measures that empty the content” of the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program from 2015, the British, French and German governments appreciate.
“Iran’s decision to increase its production of highly enriched uranium at its underground enrichment plant in Fordo is of particular concern,” the three countries say, because it represents a “challenge to the international non-proliferation system.”
This measure, which presents “significant risks of proliferation has no credible civil justification”, continues the executives of the three states.
“Presenting this escalation as a reaction to the adoption by the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency of a resolution inviting Iran to cooperate on safeguards is unacceptable,” the three European capitals consider, recalling that “Iran has a legal obligation under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons to fully implement its agreement on safeguards”.
“We will continue to consult with international partners on how to respond to Iran’s continued nuclear escalation,” conclude London, Paris and Berlin.
Last year, Iran announced the start of production of 60% enriched uranium at the Natanz site in the center of the country, approaching the 90% required to produce an atomic bomb. This 60% threshold far exceeds the 3.67% set by the 2015 agreement between Tehran and major powers aimed at preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.