UPDATED 9:45 AM PT — Monday, January 14, 2018
Iran said it’s attempting to purify its uranium fuel, which is a move that puts it at odds with the 2015 nuclear deal.
According to reports, Iran’s nuclear chief reported “preliminary activities for designing” modern fuel with a purity of 20-percent. The 2015 nuclear deal between seven countries and Tehran prohibits enriching uranium above 3.67-percent.
Officials said instead of reverse-engineering other designs, Iran can now design new fuel themselves.
“Now, we are making 20-percent fuel according to modern fuel standards — it is to some extent different from the old one and it raises the reactor’s efficiency,” stated Iran Nuclear Chief Ali Akbar Salehi. “Thanks to Allah, the initial work has begun, design-wise.”
Iran is reportedly permitted to produce nuclear fuel under certain conditions that must be approved by a joint working group.
President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the nuclear deal back in May, and restored economic sanctions against the nation.