Threats of nuclear warfare have increased with the uranium production (Image: GETTY)
The new moves further Iran away from the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal (Image: GETTY)
By Joel Day 03:26, Wed, Oct 9, 2019 | UPDATED: 09:22, Wed, Oct 9, 2019
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On Monday, Iran’s nuclear chief said the country will start using 30 advanced centrifuges for enriching uranium. The move will again violate the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, ramping up the paranoia surrounding their recent exchange with the US.
Europe has so far struggled to save the accord, wanting to keep the peace between Iran and the US to avoid any rash exchanges.
Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation (AEO), told Iranian state television that the additional centrifuges will be used in the coming weeks in an attempt to bolster where the nation left off.
According to Mr Salehi, the country is now producing up to 13 pounds of enriched uranium every day.
He said: “It means we have restored prenuclear-deal capacity.”
If true, Iran’s new efforts exceed that of the 2015 pact by a considerable amount.
The 2015 pact allows for 3.67 percent uranium enrichment, while Iran says it has already hit 4.5 percent.
Many are anxious that Iran might finally reach a weapons-grade level amount of uranium.
Trump pulled the US out of the agreement last year (Image: GETTY)
The nation had previously said it wouldn’t implement additional centrifuges until late 2023 after having acquired 20 of them in September 2018.
Experts now estimate that Iran would have enough material to build a nuclear weapon in as little as a year.
AEO officials have, however, assured that Iran is “not after the bomb”.
Trump called the 2015 agreement the ‘worst deal ever’ (Image: GETTY)
Emmanuel Macron led a letter to ease US sanctions on Iran (Image: GETTY)
Escalated tensions from Iran have largely taken place since Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the nuclear accord last year.
The reasoning, according to Trump, was because the agreement was “the worst deal ever”.
Last month, Iran informed Europe and the US of its nuclear ambitions.
It threatened to push uranium levels beyond levels it had previously achieved and warned that this may lead to uranium reaching weapons-grade levels.
The US’ arms power trumps Iran’s (Image: Express Newspapers)
At the time, AEO’s Behrouz Kamalvandi said: “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 percent.
“We are capable inside the country to increase the enrichment much more beyond that.”
He was also quick to warn that Iran’s stockpile was “quickly increasing” and that the country was more than capable of reaching unseen levels.
European powers made several attempts at finding ways of belong ease relations between the US and Iran, all of which proved unsuccessful.
Many have speculated that Europe is trying hard to curb Russia’s influence in Iran (Image: GETTY)
On pulling out of the deal, the US reimposed crippling economic sanctions on Iran.
A signatory letter led by France earlier this year attempted to alleviate the impact of the restrictions.
The new move from Iran to up its uranium production is seen by many as intended to put pressure on Europe to resolve the issue.