AEOI Spox:

The spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said that the parliament's decision to produce 120 kilograms of 20 percent uranium was easily achievable for the organization stated that we may be able to reach this amount earlier than eight months.

Iran PressIran News: "Behrouz Kamalvandi", the deputy and spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization, attended the Jahanara TV program on Monday night and said about the resumption of 20% enrichment production that according to the law on strategic action approved by the parliament, we have to have 20% enrichment immediately after its approval. About 20%, we started producing it in 2009 when we were looking for fuel for the Tehran reactor and then we managed to produce the fuel and it became a turning point for our nuclear activities.

He added that the parliament decided to resume production of 20%. Although we had this in the steps of reducing the commitment, and when we set aside the number 3.67, we could practically go up to 20%, but according to government policies, it was decided to produce about 4.5% to 5%, which was even higher than 3.67 percent and it produced our raw materials today.

Kamalvandi said: "Now we have about four tons of raw materials and the parliament's decision to produce about 120 kg in a year is easily achievable for us. From the time we started, we may reach the amount set by law sooner than eight months."

Regarding the reactions to the start of 20% enrichment, he noted: "Unfortunately, the machination in relation to Iran's nuclear program has been from the beginning, which goes back not to the activities of our country but to the nature of nuclear technology. When you want to reach the peak of nuclear technology, you must reach other peaks in the fields of physics, chemistry, mathematics and fluids, and so on. When they saw Iran's capabilities, they began to pretend that Iran was looking for nuclear weapons and other goals. We had six Security Council resolutions, seven Board of Governors resolutions, and six decisions in the Board of Governors, about 20 of which were somehow related to how to monitor and control the nuclear industry."

The deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization said about the recent law of the parliament: "The government had a series of political considerations that are related to the government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. We, as the organization, implement the supreme decisions of the system, and when it is legal, it must be implemented, especially since we were in the process of formation of the law, and the law could be in a way that we cannot implement. In some cases, if what the parliament wants is to be done, there must be some cooperation with the Atomic Energy Organization."

Kamalvandi stated: "The government did not agree for some reasons that this law should be approved at that time and expressed its considerations, and I also presented the government's positions in the open session of the parliament. But Mr. Salehi at the Atomic Energy Organization thinks this is an opportunity for our nuclear industry to demonstrate its capabilities. Because, unfortunately, it has been raised so much that our nuclear industry has been destroyed. While I have been serving alongside our dear experts for about eight years, I can boldly say that our nuclear industry today is by no means comparable to six or seven years ago in the technical field."

On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the international agreement and announced the return of nuclear sanctions, in violation of Washington's commitments under the JCPOA(Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).

Trump's move has drawn widespread domestic and international condemnation.

Iran announced on May 8, 2019, one year after the US unilateral withdrawal from the nuclear deal and after proving the ineffectiveness of European solutions proposed to compensate for the economic consequences of the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, that it suspended part of its obligations under Articles 26 and 36 of the agreement.

Reducing Iran's final commitments in five steps, included raising its uranium enrichment rate from 3.67 percent, increasing its enriched uranium reserves, suspending all R&D commitments, resuming uranium enrichment, reprocessing at Fordow nuclear facilities, and lifting the limit on the number of centrifuges, which all have been implemented.

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