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Iran uses advanced centrifuges, threatens higher enrichment

Public Policy

Iran on Saturday said it now uses arrays of advanced centrifuges prohibited by its 2015 nuclear deal and can enrich uranium “much more beyond” current levels to weapons-grade material, taking a third step away from the accord while warning Europe has little time to offer it new terms.

While insisting Iran doesn’t seek a nuclear weapon, the comments by Behrouz Kamalvandi of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran threatened pushing uranium enrichment far beyond levels ever reached in the country. Prior to the atomic deal, Iran only reached up to 20%, which itself still is only a short technical step away from weapons-grade levels of 90%.

The move threatened to push tensions between Iran and the U.S. even higher more than a year after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the nuclear deal and imposed sanctions now crushing Iran’s economy. Mysterious attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, Iran shooting down a U.S. military surveillance drone and other incidents across the wider Middle East followed Trump’s decision.

“So far, Iran has showed patience before the U.S. pressures and Europeans’ indifference,” said Qassem Babaei, a 33-year-old electrician in Tehran. “Now they should wait and see how Iran achieves its goals.”

Iran separately acknowledged Saturday it had seized another ship and detained 12 Filipino crewmembers, while satellite images suggested an Iranian oil tanker once held by Gibraltar was now off the coast of Syria despite Tehran promising its oil wouldn’t go there.

Speaking to journalists while flanked by advanced centrifuges, Kamalvandi said Iran has begun using an array of 20 IR-6 centrifuges and another 20 of IR-4 centrifuges. An IR-6 can produce enriched uranium 10 times as fast as an IR-1, Iranian officials say, while an IR-4 produces five times as fast.

The nuclear deal limited Iran to using only 5,060 first-generation IR-1 centrifuges to enrich uranium by rapidly spinning uranium hexafluoride gas. By starting up these advanced centrifuges, Iran further cuts into the one year that experts estimate Tehran would need to have enough material for building a nuclear weapon if it chose to pursue one.

“Under current circumstances, the Islamic Republic of Iran is capable of increasing its enriched uranium stockpile as well as its enrichment levels and that is not just limited to 20 per cent,” Kamalvandi said. “We are capable inside the country to increase the enrichment much more beyond that.”

Iran has already increased its enrichment up to 4.5%, above the 3.67% allowed under the deal, as well as gone beyond its 300-kilogram limit for low-enriched uranium.

While Kamalvandi stressed that “the Islamic Republic is not after the bomb,” he warned that Iran was running out of ways to stay in the accord.

“If Europeans want to make any decision, they should do it soon,” he said. France had floated a proposed $15 billion line of credit to allow Iran to sell its oil abroad despite U.S. sanctions. Another trade mechanism proposed by Europe called INSTEX also has faced difficulty.

Kamalvandi also said Iran would allow U.N. inspectors to continue to monitor sites in the country. A top official from the U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency was expected to meet with Iranian officials in Tehran on Sunday.

The IAEA said Saturday it was aware of Iran’s announcement and “agency inspectors are on the ground in Iran and they will report any relevant activities to IAEA headquarters in Vienna.” It did not elaborate.

In Paris, U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said Iran’s announcement wasn’t a surprise.

“The Iranians are going to pursue what the Iranians have always intended to pursue,” Esper said at a news conference with his French counterpart, Florence Parly.

For his part, Trump has said he remains open for direct talks with Iran. A surprise visit by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to the Group of Seven summit in France last month raised the possibility of direct talks between Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, perhaps at this month’s United Nations General Assembly in New York, though officials in Tehran later seemed to dismiss the idea.

Meanwhile Saturday, Iranian state TV said the tugboat and its 12 crewmembers were seized on suspicion of smuggling diesel fuel near the Strait of Hormuz. The report did not elaborate. In Manila, the Philippines’ Department of Foreign Affairs said it was checking details of the reported seizure.

Also Saturday, satellite images showed a once-detained Iranian oil tanker pursued by the U.S. appears to be off the coast of Syria, where Tehran reportedly promised the vessel would not go when authorities in Gibraltar agreed to release it several weeks ago.

Images obtained by The Associated Press from Maxar Technologies appeared to show the Adrian Darya-1, formerly known as the Grace-1, some 2 nautical miles (3.7 kilometres) off Syria’s coast.

Iranian and Syrian officials have not acknowledged the vessel’s presence there. Authorities in Tehran earlier said the 2.1 million barrels of crude oil onboard had been sold to an unnamed buyer. That oil is worth about $130 million on the global market, but it remains unclear who would buy the oil as they’d face the threat of U.S. sanctions.

The new images matched a black-and-white image earlier tweeted by John Bolton, the U.S. national security adviser.

“Anyone who said the Adrian Darya-1 wasn’t headed to #Syria is in denial,” Bolton tweeted. “We can talk, but #Iran’s not getting any sanctions relief until it stops lying and spreading terror!”

U.S. prosecutors in federal court allege the Adrian Darya’s owner is Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, which answers only to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. On Wednesday, the U.S. imposed new sanctions on an oil shipping network it alleged had ties to the Guard and offered up to $15 million for anyone with information that disrupts its paramilitary operations.

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16 Comments on "Iran uses advanced centrifuges, threatens higher enrichment"

  1. Anonymouse on Sat, 7th Sep 2019 1:48 pm 

    Now where have heard this before? Sounds familiar……

  2. Davy on Sat, 7th Sep 2019 2:10 pm 

    Great comment annoymouse. Lots of thought. Lol

  3. supremacist muzzie monkey on Sat, 7th Sep 2019 2:17 pm 

    i don’t like this unmoderated forum so i’ll concentrate on my blog.
    i wish we pass a law to club a muzzie peeing sitting down and make me hold which i suffered bladder infection. it’s bad due to my STDs. maybe we need a disposable chute to throw the muzzie in there after we club him.

    http://myreligionislam.com/detail.asp?Aid=6096

    The link above says peeing sitting down is superior because it’s healthier but maybe it’s just due to supremacist thinking.

  4. juanPaultard ID fraud on Sat, 7th Sep 2019 3:02 pm 

    Davy on Sat, 7th Sep 2019 2:10 pm

  5. supremacist muzzie monkey on Sat, 7th Sep 2019 3:06 pm 

    imam supertard big muzzie beard pbuh reporting iran directed terrorism jihad on american soil intending to hit the rich and famous. maybe that’d get their attention.
    then obama pbuh didn’t respond due to nukular deal.

  6. supremacist muzzie monkey on Sat, 7th Sep 2019 3:09 pm 

    the android app could let people note which bathroom muzzies peeing down frequent. this would attract interested clubbers

  7. Sissyfuss on Sat, 7th Sep 2019 6:57 pm 

    The adolescents are taking over the comment section just as the spoiled brats are taking over the political system. It’s the Fourth Turning of my stomach.

  8. Harold on Mon, 9th Sep 2019 6:38 am 

    I hope this gonna go in a right way. Here are some good https://resume-chief.com/blog/online-course-platforms online course platforms BTW.

  9. Theedrich on Mon, 9th Sep 2019 6:48 pm 

    Afghanistan will take more of our blood and money.  There are theoretically two ways to leave without disaster, neither of which is politically possible in the infantile U.S., a nation which cannot accept reality.  The first way would be to be up front about abandoning that country and say openly that we are leaving it to its own devices à la our Vietnam exit, with the result that the Taliban will retake the entire outhouse, as the Commies did in Indo-China — and we would then take in several million “refugees” fleeing the new regime.  The second way would be to hire something like a (oh horrors!) truly effective mercenary force run by Erik Prince (of Blackwater fame) to take over from the departing American troops.

    The idea of making a “deal” — as though exit negotiations were some kind of real estate transaction — is not just Trumpian:  it is thorougly American.  Because, with a “faith-based” enemy that refuses unconditional surrender and cannot be depicted as Hitlerian, modern Americans assume every adversary must be rational and willing to accept our payoffs and bribes.  They are incapable of recognizing Islam as an ideology which is intrinsically murderous, nothing like Christian cretinism or even most Oriental sects.  They assume it is merely a variant of, say, Episcopalianism, and that the Mohammedan decapitators are all wrong about the tenets of Islam.  They like to point out to the Sand Negroes who have immigrated to American cities and are quietly keeping a low profile as just nicey-nice denizens who, per the Declaration of Independence, are self-evidently equal with northern European types.

    Thus, with other convictions such as the notion of incurring infinite national debt which will never have to be paid back, Yankeedom will proceed to live in a fentanyl-induced haze of coombayah forever.

  10. Osama bin Laden on Mon, 9th Sep 2019 8:46 pm 

    “My objective is to engage the United States in endless Middle Eastern wars in order to bleed the enemy’s treasury to the point of bankruptcy.”

    Mission proceeding exactly to plan.

    Despite Trump’s many campaign promises to disengage the US from endless and wasteful wars, his pride will not allow this to happen. BAU.

  11. joe on Mon, 9th Sep 2019 10:36 pm 

    once iran gets a nuke (btw under npt its allowed to develop its nuclear programme, lets not forget), then it seems obvious that Pakistan will be asked by Saudi Arabia for a nuke under the ‘bomb for Islam’ programme that the Saudis funded Pakistans nuclear programme.

    “https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_program_of_Saudi_Arabia”

    basically we are all screwed, even without Brexit…..

  12. Reply to delusional Americans on Tue, 10th Sep 2019 12:01 am 

    Theedrich:

    Your country is occupying a foreign nation. No country will tolerate foreign occupation, particularly when the occupation represents a set of norms and behaviors that are completely antithetical to that of the occupied people.

    You think a faith based Christian mercenary army will have better results occupying Afghanistan? You must be crazy. Erik Prince’s mercenary army would be a call to arms for every Muslim person in the world.

    How about a Muslim mercenary army occupying the United States?

    America get out and stay out. Afghanistan will contact you when your services are desired.

  13. Davy on Tue, 10th Sep 2019 1:44 am 

    Nice try Osama. Our best and brightest murdered your dumbass already. Right after they crashed there helicopter illegally in another country they had no legal right to be in.

    stupid

  14. Davy on Tue, 10th Sep 2019 4:39 am 

    Davy said Nice try Osama. Our best and brightest murdered yo…
    Reply to delusional Americans said Theedrich: Your country is occupying a foreign nat…
    juanPaultard madness said Davy on Mon, 9th Sep 2019 6:49 pm
    Davy said Oops, sorry for getting all triggered and losing m…
    Osama bin Laden said “My objective is to engage the United States…

  15. Davy on Tue, 10th Sep 2019 4:42 am 

    Davy said Nice try Osama. Our best and brightest murdered yo…
    Reply to delusional Americans said Theedrich: Your country is occupying a foreign nat…
    juanPaultard madness said Davy on Mon, 9th Sep 2019 6:49 pm
    Davy said Oops, sorry for getting all triggered and losing m…
    Osama bin Laden said “My objective is to engage the United States…
    Davy said Davy said Nice try Osama. Our best and brightest m…
    Davy said Davy said Nice try Osama. Our best and brightest m…

  16. juan paultard madness on Tue, 10th Sep 2019 4:43 am 

    Davy said Davy said Nice try Osama. Our best and brightest m…
    Davy said Davy said Nice try Osama. Our best and brightest m…
    Davy said Nice try Osama. Our best and brightest murdered yo…
    Reply to delusional Americans said Theedrich: Your country is occupying a foreign nat…
    juanPaultard madness said Davy on Mon, 9th Sep 2019 6:49 pm
    Davy said Oops, sorry for getting all triggered and losing m…
    Osama bin Laden said “My objective is to engage the United States…
    Davy said Davy said Nice try Osama. Our best and brightest m…
    Davy said Davy said Nice try Osama. Our best and brightest m…

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