Iran resumes 20% enrichment at Fordow nuclear facility: Government spokesman

Iran’s government spokesman says the country has started the process to enriching uranium to 20 percent purity at its Fordow nuclear facility.

Speaking to IRNA on Monday, Ali Rabiei said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ordered the implementation of a new law, dubbed the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions, which has been already approved by the Parliament (Majlis).

“President [Hassan Rouhani] had ordered the beginning of 20-percent enrichment a couple of days ago, and the process of injecting gas [into centrifuges] has started after informing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) … and the first UF6 product will be out a few hours from now,” Rabiei said.

Iran’s government spokesman says the country has started the process to enriching uranium to 20 percent purity at its Fordow nuclear facility.

Speaking to IRNA on Monday, Ali Rabiei said Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has ordered the implementation of a new law, dubbed the Strategic Action Plan to Counter Sanctions, which has been already approved by the Parliament (Majlis).

“President [Hassan Rouhani] had ordered the beginning of 20-percent enrichment a couple of days ago, and the process of injecting gas [into centrifuges] has started after informing the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) … and the first UF6 product will be out a few hours from now,” Rabiei said.

“We are soldiers of the establishment and our fingers are on the triggers,” Salehi said, adding, “The commander must give the order. We have this readiness and God willing, we will produce [20% enriched uranium] as soon as possible.”

His remarks came a day after the IAEA said that Iran had informed its inspectors of the decision by a letter.

“Iran has informed the agency that in order to comply with a legal act recently passed by the country’s parliament, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran intends to produce low-enriched uranium (LEU) up to 20 percent at the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant,” the IAEA said in a statement.

The agency said it “has inspectors present in Iran on a 24/7 basis and they have regular access to Fordow.”

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