European powers concerned by Iran’s 60% uranium enrichment step

Paris, Apr 14 (EFE).- France, Germany and the United Kingdom on Wednesday expressed their concern following Iran’s decision to increase its degree of uranium enrichment to 60%, calling it a “serious development.”

Iran’s recent announcement was a reaction to an attack on the Natanz facility last week, which the Islamic republic blames on its archenemy Israel.

“This is a serious development since the production of highly enriched uranium constitutes an important step in the production of a nuclear weapon. Iran has no credible civilian need for enrichment at this level,” the foreign ministries of the three countries said in a statement.

The European powers were also worried by the country’s plans to set up 1,000 additional centrifuges at Natanz, which will result in a significant “increase in Iran’s enrichment capacity.”

France, Germany, and the UK regretted Iran’s move because it comes at a time when all signatories to the 2015 Vienna nuclear agreement and the United States have started negotiations on a return to the accord.

“Iran’s dangerous recent communication is contrary to the constructive spirit and good faith of these discussions,” the statement added.

Although the deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), foresees a maximum enrichment level of 3.67%, Iran had been enriching uranium to 20%.

Talks to salvage the JCPOA began last week in Vienna and are scheduled to resume on Thursday, in an attempt to see Iran fulfill its deal obligations, the US lift the sanctions on the country and return to the pact it pulled out from in 2018.EFE


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