Iran to develop centrifuges in further step away from nuclear deal
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that “all limitations on our research and development” of improved centrifuges for enriching uranium “will be lifted on Friday.” This will mark the third measure recently taken by Tehran in violation of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Iran has already exceeded the amount of low-enriched uranium it is allowed to store and has also begun enriching uranium to 4.5%, which is higher than the 3.67% threshold mentioned in the accord. Earlier this week, the country warned that a third step was coming.
Rouhani said that Iran remained open to reversing its recent steps, which he claimed would be peaceful. He also stated that the European signatories to the Iran deal have two more months to help protect Iran against the impact of US sanctions on the country that have been imposed since Washington withdrew from the agreement last year. Earlier this week, the US imposed additional sanctions to target what it referred to as an “oil for terror” network run by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Hezbollah.