Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Salehi Says Iran Could Resume Uranium Enrichment In Five Days

Salehi Says Iran Could Resume Uranium Enrichment In Five Days

Rouhani warned last week that Iran could abandon the nuclear agreement "within hours" if the United States imposes any more new sanctions.

Ali Akbar Salehi, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), warned Tuesday that the Islamic Republic would need only five days to ramp up its uranium enrichment to 20 percent, a level at which the material could be used for a nuclear weapon.

Holslag further noted that, it is likely that the US may declare Iran to be non-compliant with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, aka nuclear deal), in its next review, due in September, as US President Donald Trump said earlier.

Last week, President Rouhani said if the United States government decides to repeat the failed experience of imposing sanctions on Iran, Tehran can immediately acquire capabilities in its nuclear industry that would be much more advanced than those prior to the JCPOA negotiations.

The pro-Iran Lobby in the USA has warned against conflating the Iranian and North Korean regimes, claiming that Iran does not have access to nuclear weapons.

"If we make the determination, we are able to resume 20 percent-enrichment in at most five days".

Iran has applied certain limits to its nuclear program under a deal it reached with six other countries in 2015.

'Preserving the Fordo facility is a point of strength of the deal, ' he said.

Iran is still involved in developing its nuclear know-how and finding its applications in different fields, incluing agriculture, industry and healthcare, he said.

However, Salehi who was reappointed this month as vice president and the head of the Atomic Energy Organization, said his main priority would be to protect the JCPOA.

He said Iran will remain committed to its end of the bargain as long as the opposite side lives up to its. It went into effect in January 16, 2016.

The July 2015 nuclear deal gave Iran relief from worldwide sanctions and imposed restrictions on its nuclear activities, including a cap on its uranium enrichment at under 5 percent.

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