Iran: Further Uranium Enrichment in Response to Nuclear Terrorism
Iran’s decision to enrich uranium to 60 percent is a response to “nuclear terrorism” by Israel.
This is what Iranian President Hassan Rohani said, referring to the alleged sabotage of the Natanz nuclear installation. “What we do is legal,” he stressed.
Iran announced on Tuesday that it would enrich uranium further. In doing so, the country is once again in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement. This is happening at a sensitive time because top international talks are taking place to save that deal on Iran’s nuclear program. That agreement stipulated that uranium may not be enriched above 3.67 percent purity.
Highly enriched uranium is needed to produce nuclear weapons, although Iran says it is not aiming to do so. The country says it wants to use higher enriched uranium for medical purposes. The Iranian government holds arch-rival Israel responsible for the explosion at the Natanz nuclear facility. According to insiders, it has caused enormous damage.
Israel is very critical of the 2015 nuclear accord with Iran. At the time, the Iranians promised to curtail their nuclear program in exchange for relief from international sanctions.
The deal came under severe pressure after a few years when US President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the agreement and imposed sanctions on Iran again. After that, Iran also stopped complying with the agreements.