Undaunted by Israeli sabotage, Iran begins 60% enrichment of uranium

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TEHERANIran confirmed it would begin enriching uranium to 60% purity, a day after Tehran made the allegations Israel sabotage its nuclear facilities.

Iran’s move will bring fissile material close to 90% purity suitable for building nuclear weapons.

The announcement comes before the resumption of talks in Vienna aimed at reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal with world powers.

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The deal has been fiercely opposed by Israel after former US President Donald Trump led the United States out of the deal three years ago.

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While announcing 60% enrichment of uranium, Iran’s head of nuclear negotiations Abbas Araqchi also said Tehran would install more than 1,000 centrifuges at Natanz.

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Natanz is the nuclear facility that underwent an explosion on Sunday which Tehran calls an act of Israeli sabotage.

“Starting tonight, practical preparations for 60% enrichment will begin in Natanz, 60% of the uranium is used to make various radiopharmaceuticals,” the semi-official Fars news agency report quoted Iranian Nuclear Agency spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi as saying.

“The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN nuclear watchdog, has been informed of the decision,” Iran’s top negotiator told Press TV from Vienna.

An IAEA spokesman told Reuters, “We have seen the media reports you are referring to. We have no comments at this time. “

Last week, Iran and global powers held what they described as “constructive” talks to save the 2015 deal.

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