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Iran activates advanced centrifuges as deadline passes

Ghanbar Naderi
Press TV, Tehran

Iran says it has started up advanced centrifuges to boost the country's stockpile of enriched uranium.

Speaking to reporters on Saturday,September 7, Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Behrouz Kamalvandi said Iran has taken the third step and that the clock is ticking for other parties to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal.

Kamalvandi said the third step is Tehran's response to widespread and continued violations of the nuclear deal ever since the United States dropped out of it last year. He also said Iran's right to respond is secured in the article 36 of the JCPOA, which defines mechanisms for both sides to deal with non-compliance.

As a third step in Iran's reduction of commitments under the deal, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran activated 20 IR-4 and 20 IR-6 centrifuges. The country also started lifting limitations on its Research and Development imposed by the deal. This includes development of more rapid and advanced centrifuges.

Iran says all these steps are reversible if the remaining signatories - the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany - go back to fully implementing the deal. This includes helping Iran see the economic benefits of the deal, such as selling oil and getting paid for it. 

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