Iranian President Hasan Rohani announced on Tuesday that his country will resume uranium enrichment at the Fordo plant by injecting gas into 1,044 centrifuges, reducing its commitments under the 2015 nuclear agreement.
“In Fordo we have 1,044 centrifuges and with the JCPOA (nuclear agreement) we had agreed that these centrifuges are working but without injecting gas, but we will take that step from tomorrow,” said Rohaní in a televised statement.
The Iranian president has promised that he will reverse the measure as long as European nations lift sanctions on his country’s exports and international financial transactions.
The UN nuclear agency will still be able to inspect the nuclear activities of the country of the Ayatollahs, Rohaní said. “Some countries have made efforts to achieve positive results, but we have no choice but to begin with the fourth step tomorrow,” he said.
According to a press release from Iran’s official news agency Fars, which quotes the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, the country now has the capacity to produce 5,000 grams of uranium daily.
In 2018, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, decided to withdraw the United States from the nuclear agreement signed with Iran in July 2015 by the 5+1 group (Russia, China, United States, France, United Kingdom and Germany).
The 2015 nuclear pact establishes the withdrawal of sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for a reduction in the atomic program of the ayatollahs regime. Since the unilateral departure of the United States, Iran has urged the other signatory countries to focus their efforts on allowing trade with Iranian companies, especially crude oil exports, without being affected by US sanctions.