IAEA Confirms Iran Installing New Centrifuges
BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations’ atomic watchdog is confirming Iran is moving ahead with preparations to start using more advanced centrifuges, in breach of limitations set in the unraveling 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said Monday its inspectors verified new centrifuges, including 30 advanced IR-6 and three IR-6s models, had been or were being installed but not yet tested.
The announcement followed the return from Tehran Sunday of IAEA Acting Director General Cornel Feruta.
A centrifuge enriches uranium by spinning uranium hexafluoride gas. Under the atomic accord, Iran’s currently limited to operating 5,060 older IR-1 centrifuges.
Iran had announced the move, its latest breach of the nuclear deal as it tries to pressure Europe to find a way to sell crude oil abroad despite U.S. sanctions.
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