Nuclear Agreement Between Us And Iran

July 2020: Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Agency of Iran (AIA), announces that construction of the damaged building in Natanz will soon begin. Kamalvandi notes that due to the restrictions imposed by the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the centrifuge assembly facility in which the explosion occurred was only in operation with limited capacity. On September 21, 2009, prior to the public revelation by the leaders of the United States, France and the United Kingdom, Iran informed the IAEA that it was building a second pilot enrichment plant. [40] According to Marc Vidricaire, a spokesman for the IAEA, Iran`s letter stated that “the enrichment rate could reach 5%” and the Agency was assured that additional information would be provided in due course. The facility was in an underground tunnel complex located on the site of an Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) base near the city of Qom. The Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP), run by Iran`s Atomic Energy Agency, was expected to accommodate 2,784 centrifuges and began operating with 696 centrifuges in late 2011. [41] In addition, Iran contradicted its statement to the IAEA on planned enrichment levels by shifting 19.75% of enrichment activities from Natanz to Fordov. [42] A May 2012 IAEA report expressed concerns about Fordov`s activities, citing enriched uranium beyond the stated 19.75% target and the “difference between the facility`s original purpose and the purpose for which it is currently used.” [43] The size, secrecy, and location of the facility on an IRGC military base led some analysts to the United States.

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