Vienna (IP) - Iran's ambassador and permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna commented on the IAEA's new report, saying the change to the 60% enrichment method was pre-planned.

Iran Press/Europe: Following the release of a new report from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) stating that the Agency has recently verified that 60% enrichment is carried out in an IR6 chain and that the IR4 machine chain is simultaneously dedicated to 20% enrichment, Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna, provided explanations in this regard.

Gharibabadi said: "This change of method is not a new issue and is completely related to technical measures and decisions, and was also predicted in the design information questionnaire submitted by Iran to the Agency last week."

He added: "The questionnaire stated that 60% enrichment is first done in parallel in two chains of IR6 and IR4 machines, and after a few days, the two chains are connected and "coupled" to each other, and in the new case, the IR6 chain has 60% of the product output and the IR4 chain is allocated as a tandem to 20% enrichment." 

Gharibabadi added: "Previously, up to 5% was injected separately into both material chains and 60% of the product was produced from each chain separately, but in the new method, two chains coupled (connected) with only one injection of materials up to 5%, two different products, 60% and 20%, are produced. In fact, this way, the enrichment operation is greatly optimized."

In response to the Zionist regime's destructive action at the Natanz facility, the Islamic Republic of Iran, in recent weeks, has announced that it has begun 60% enrichment at the facility.


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