Iran has informed the IAEA in advance that is expanding its enrichment of uranium beyond 20% purity at the Natanz plant, but the new activity does not involve keeping the product, the UN nuclear watchdog confirmed on Monday.

Iran PressIran news: The IAEA said in a statement outlining the report that Iran informed it last week of changes to the setup of centrifuges, machines that enrich uranium, at the plant - Iran would feed uranium enriched to up to 20% into limited numbers of extra centrifuges without collecting the product.

"On 25 October 2021, the Agency verified that Iran began feeding (uranium hexafluoride gas) enriched up to 20% U-235 into a single IR-6 centrifuge in R&D line 2 at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP) in Natanz and that the resulting product and tails streams were being re-combined," the IAEA report said, meaning that after separating the enriched product it was mixed with the centrifuge’s waste and not kept.

Iran had said it planned to also feed uranium enriched to up to 20% into other single centrifuges or small- to medium-sized cascades, or clusters, of machines on the same line, but those were not being fed at the time, the IAEA said.

Earlier on Monday, Iran announced that its deputy foreign minister would leave for Brussels on Wednesday for talks with the coordinator of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which then-US President Donald Trump unilaterally abandoned in 2018 and, despite all US binding commitments, re-imposed harsh sanctions on the Iranian nation.