“If enrichment above 20 percent is required in some areas, the AEOI can do this,” spokesman cited as saying
Iran warned Thursday that the country could up its uranium enrichment to 90 percent — just around the weapon grade level.
China’s Xinhua News Service cited the spokesman of the country’s nuclear agency as saying that the country’s “achievements” were “so great” that Iran could “easily” start enriching the nuclear fuel up to the 90 percent mark.
“If enrichment over 20 percent is required in some areas, the AEOI can do so,” he claimed.
The statement comes after Iran confirmed that it has started enriching uranium to 20 percent after warning the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the intention to do so.
The move was widely condemned, including by European countries that were part of the nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic in 2015.
In a statement published Wednesday, the foreign ministers of the three nations expressed their “deep concern” about the move and called on Iran to go back on it.
“This action, which has no credible civil justification and carries very significant proliferation-related risks, is clearly in violation of Iran’s commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA) and further hollows out the agreement,” the statement added.