Iran announces more violations of nuclear deal, says it produces 5 kg of enriched uranium per day

Iran announces more violations of nuclear deal, says it produces 5 kg of enriched uranium per day

The head of Iran’s nuclear program said that Tehran is working on a prototype centrifuge that’s 50 times faster than those allowed under the nuclear deal with world powers.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s atomic plan says the prototype is called IR-9 and that it would be as 50-times faster than the first-generation IR-1s allowed under the accord.

The nuclear deal limited Iran to using only 5,060 first-generation IR-1 centrifuges to enrich uranium by rapidly spinning uranium hexafluoride gas.

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Tehran has gone from producing some 450 grams (1 pound) of low-enriched uranium a day to 5 kilograms (11 pounds), Salehi said.

Salehi earlier in the same state TV interview said that Tehran is now operating 60 IR-6 advanced centrifuges in violation of its atomic deal with world powers. That’s double the amount previously known.

Iran recently started enriching uranium beyond a limit established in a 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, a deal from which Trump withdrew. Trump has since intensified economic sanctions on Tehran, and tensions have escalated.