Tehran: – Iran has a stock of 120 kilograms of 20% enriched uranium, said Mohammad Islami, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. Islami also rejected the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) demand; He said that the nuclear project at Karaj does not require CCTV cameras. Islami’s announcement reveals that Iran has accumulated more enriched uranium than the figures released by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Last year, the Iranian parliament made some important announcements, expressing outrage at the economic sanctions imposed by then-US President Donald Trump. The parliament, acting on the instructions issued by Iran’s supreme religious leader Ayatollah Khamenei, ordered the Atomic Energy Commission to speed up Iran’s nuclear program. Iran should enrich uranium to 20%. Iranian parliament had also ordered to create a stockpile up to 120 kilograms of 20% enriched uranium.
Accordingly, a few months ago, Iran took the uranium enrichment level to 20% in its nuclear program. Islami, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, told state news two days ago, ‘We currently have 120 kg of enriched uranium.’ Iranian parliament had ordered to achieve the 120kg limit by December. Islami said that the Iranian scientists had achieved their target well in advance, and the stock will increase further by December.
This Iranian announcement disproves the claims made by the International Atomic Energy Agency. In a report last month, the commission said that Iran had 84 kg of enriched uranium, which is enriched to 20% level. In May, the commission had claimed that the stock was 63 kg. In such a scenario, given the speed at which Iran’s nuclear program has increased the stock of 20% enriched uranium, it is likely that Iran has advanced technology in just one month.
Under the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran was required to limit its uranium enrichment to 3.67%. But Israel has accused Iran of violating the nuclear deal by increasing its uranium enrichment to 20%. As per the agreement reached six years ago, Western countries have not provided Iran with the necessary nuclear fuel and financial and other assistance. Therefore, it is the Western countries that have violated the nuclear deal that blamed Islam.
At the same time, Islami insisted that Iran would not install CCTV cameras at the Karaj nuclear project, as expected by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Islami said, ‘Iran will not cooperate if the commission does not take a firm stand on the terrorist attacks on Iranian nuclear facilities, which happened in the last few months.’ Iran has blamed Israel for the deadly attacks on Natanz and other nuclear facilities. Iran has also demanded that the IAEA take action against Israel.