Press TV, Vienna
Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency of its decision to start 60-percent enrichment as of Wednesday. Upon arriving in Vienna for nuclear talks, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi said an additional 1,000 centrifuges will also be installed in Natanz.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi announces Iran’s decision to increase the level of uranium enrichment from 20 to 60 percent and to install an additional one thousand centrifuges at its Natanz facility, the target of a recent act of sabotage.
Araghchi broke the news upon arriving in Vienna for another Joint Commission meeting aimed at reviving the nuclear deal. He said the International Atomic Energy Agency has been informed.
Araghchi said the damaged centrifuges in Natanz would be replaced by more advanced ones and that things wold go back to normal there in the coming weeks.
Signatories of the nuclear deal are expected to meet in Vienna on Thursday as negotiations continue. Iran insists that all US sanctions should be lifted and their removal verified before it goes back to full compliance.
Informal discussions have already begun here with hopes to reach an agreement on the list of US sanctions that need to be lifted after which Iran says it will discuss the verification process.