Breaking: Iran confirms feeding UF6 into advanced IR-2m centrifuges at Natanz facility
Iran confirms it has fed UF6 into the recently installed cascade of advanced IR-2m centrifuges at Natanz facility.
“The director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) released a half-page report yesterday, announcing that on November 14, IAEA inspectors verified [Iran’s] start of injecting UF6 gas into a cascade of 174 IR-2m centrifuges at the fuel enrichment plant in Natanz,” Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s permanent representatives to Vienna-based international organizations, said in a tweet on Wednesday.
Earlier, Reuters, citing a report by the UN atomic watchdog, reported that Iran had fired up advanced uranium-enriching centrifuges that it had installed at the Natanz site.
“On 14 November 2020, the Agency verified that Iran began feeding UF6 into the recently installed cascade of 174 IR-2m centrifuges at the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) in Natanz,” said the IAEA report to member states dated Tuesday, Reuters reported.
An International Atomic Energy Agency report said last week that Tehran had installed the advanced IR-2m machines at Natanz, but it had not fed uranium hexafluoride (UF6) gas, the feedstock for centrifuges, into that cascade.
Back in May 2018, Iran began a set of nuclear countermeasures in response to the United States’ unilateral departure from a landmark 2015 nuclear agreement between the Islamic Republic and major world powers.
The measures were also taken in retaliation for the US’ restoration of its sanctions against Iran, and failure by the European signatories to the deal — Britain, France, and Germany — to keep their business interactions with Iran despite the sanctions.