(TEHRAN) IAEA REPORT: Iran has confirmed that the country has expanded its production of weapons-grade uranium to 60 percent purity #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.24: Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh said on August 18 that the actions are in response to the “non-implementation” of the nuclear agreement and U.S. sanctions…..

#AceDailyNews says Iran Confirms IAEA Report Saying It Has Accelerated Production Of Highly Enriched Uranium,” RFE/RL, August 18, 2021:

As soon as the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement is implemented in accordance with the nonproliferation treaty (NPT) and U.S. sanctions are lifted, Iran will resume its technical obligations under the agreement, he said on August 18, according to the ISNA news agency.

Iran announced in April that it planned to start enriching uranium at up to 60 percent purity from 20 percent in response an attack on the Natanz nuclear site that it blamed on Israel.

The move was one of a series of steps Iran took in violation of the 2015 nuclear accord after former President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the deal and reimposed sanctions.

Talks to salvage the nuclear deal began in April in Vienna, but several rounds have failed to achieve a breakthrough, and the negotiations are currently on hold.

The talks involve representatives of the countries that signed the nuclear deal with Iran — China, France, Russia, Britain, the U.S., and Germany. The participation of the U.S. envoy is indirect.

A senior European Union official said earlier this month after Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, took office that Iran is ready to resume the talks as soon as early September….

Iran announced in January that it intended to research uranium-metal production, saying it was needed for a research reactor. The nuclear deal also banned Iran from producing uranium metal.

“Iran has no credible need to produce uranium metal, which has direct relevance to nuclear weapons development,” U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said in a statement late on August 16….

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Aug.24: 2021:

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