April 15, 2021
TEHRAN: Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency of its plan to enrich uranium at 60-percent purity, the minimum fatal level, following the attack on its Natanz nuclear facility, Iranian news network Press TV reported, citing Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi.
Iran will soon replace the centrifuges damaged in a recent act of sabotage at Natanz, Araqchi was quoted as saying.
The photo taken on April 9, 2007 shows a view of Natanz nuclear plant, about 300 km south of Tehran, Iran. XINHUA PHOTO
Also, Iran will install an additional 1,000 centrifuges with 50 percent higher enrichment capacity at the nuclear facility, said Araqchi, who leads the Iranian negotiating team in the Vienna talks with the representatives from Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany.
Besides, Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), said the preparations for producing 60-percent uranium enrichment will begin on Tuesday night at the Natanz enrichment site, semi-official FARS news agency reported.
The uranium at the purity of 60 percent is used in the production of radiopharmaceutical, Kamalvandi told FARS.