The European Commission on Tuesday expressed concern about Iran’s plans to enrich uranium up to 20% purity “as soon as possible” in its underground nuclear power plant in Fordow, stressing that it was “extremely important” to the 2015 nuclear deal maintain.
“We are very concerned about Iran’s actions. This measure is in violation of Iran’s nuclear commitments and will have serious implications for nuclear non-proliferation, ”Commission spokesman Peter Stano said during a regular daily briefing.
“It is unfortunate, but it is also very important and … that we keep the deal,” he added, referring to the need to save the nuclear deal, which, however, “contains strict review measures that are still in place”.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was signed in 2015 between Iran, the US, Germany, France, the UK, China and Russia. After the US withdrew from the nuclear deal in 2018, Iran began violating the nuclear deal, which led to the reintroduction of US sanctions against Tehran that were lifted under the deal.
Iran has informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of its plans to increase enrichment to 20%, a level not seen since the 2015 nuclear deal. The country’s foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, said the action would be “completely reversible” if the other signatories to the agreement fully followed the provisions.
“We are like soldiers and our fingers are on the trigger. The commander should give orders and we should shoot. We are ready for it and will produce as soon as possible, “said the head of the civil Iranian nuclear energy organization on Saturday to the state television.