Head of AEOI:

Tehran (IP)- In response to the publication of the International Atomic Energy Agency's confidential report on the enrichment in the third cascade of the new Natanz centrifuges, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that all of Iran's nuclear activities are carried out under the supervision of the Agency.

Iran PressIran News: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in its report Reuters says has obtained a copy of it, claims that Iran has begun the process of enriching uranium with the third of three cascades, or clusters, of advanced IR-6 centrifuges recently installed at the underground Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz, has now come on stream.

Mohammad Eslami, head of AEOI, said that the reports published by the International Atomic Energy Agency in recent days are derived from the official and open actions of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

Eslami added that the International Atomic Energy Agency report should bear in mind that the enrichment in the third cascade of the new Natanz centrifuges is confidential. However, these confidential reports are always leaked to the media.

He stated that since Iran is an official member of the IAEA and is committed to the treaties, all nuclear activities are carried out under the supervision of the Agency; therefore, the Agency is officially informed of the intention, design, implementation, and operation time.

The head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran noted that Iran's actions had been carried out in line with the law passed by the Islamic Republic of Iran's Parliament entitled "Strategic Action Plan to Lift Sanctions and Protect Iranian Nation's Interest and reducing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) obligations.

The bill instructs the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to produce at least 120 kilograms of 20%-enriched uranium annually, stockpile it in the country, and use it for peaceful purposes as needed.

The initial nuclear deal signed in 2015 by Iran, the US, the UK, France, and Germany – as well as Russia, China, and the EU – involved Tehran agreeing to certain restrictions on its nuclear industry in exchange for easing economic sanctions and other incentives. 

In 2018, however, it was torpedoed by the US under then-President Donald Trump, who withdrew from the agreement unilaterally, saying it was fundamentally flawed. As a result, Iran started gradually reducing some of its commitments under the agreement, such as the level of enriched uranium it produces, which could potentially enable Tehran to build an atomic bomb. According to the Iranian authorities, however, this "is not on the agenda." 

The new round of negotiations to lift US sanctions against Iran started on August 4 in Vienna and ended on August 8. 

In this round of negotiations, several proposals were made by Enrique Mora, the coordinator of the European Union, in the Vienna talks. 

The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman, Nasser Kanaani, announced on Thursday (Sep.1, 2022) that Iran had submitted its views on America's response to the draft of a possible agreement on removing sanctions.

Iran has responded to Josep Borrell, the European Union's foreign policy official, so that he could convey the response to Washington.

The same day, the US announced that it had received Iran's response, but the answer was not constructive.

"We can confirm that we have received Iran's response through the EU," State Department spokesman Vedant Patel said late Thursday in Washington.

"We are studying it and will respond through the EU, but unfortunately it is not constructive," the spokesman noted.


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