EU studying reports on Iran’s intention to start enrichment of uranium

The European Union (EU) Tuesday reiterated its position to preserve the Iranian nuclear deal following reports that Tehran is to inform later today the UN nuclear agency that it is beginning the process of increasing its capacity to enrich uranium.

“We are currently studying it. So I cannot say anything more,” Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU High Representative Federica Mogherini, told a news conference today.

“We have said several times that we will respect the agreement until the moment Iran no longer does so on its side. And that remains the case. The International Atomic Energy Agency has confirmed eleven times till that until now Iran is respecting the agreement,” she said.

“The work is currently underway to protect the European interests. We will be doing the maximum we can to preserve the agreement and all of benefits that the agreement has given to Iran,” she added.

Meanwhile, Iranina media reports said today that Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has ordered the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to make preparations for enrichment of uranium up to a level of 190,000SWU without any delay.

Ayatollah Khamenei made the remarks in a ceremony held at the Imam Khomeini Mausoleum in south Tehran to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the passing away of the founder of the Islamic Republic while talking about Iran’s nuclear deal with the P5+1 group of countries, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The US last month announced its withdrawal from the JCPOA leaving the deal in jeopardy.

Source: Kuwait News Agency