İrem UZUN -TDO- Iran will further reduce its commitment to the nuclear deal signed with world powers by limiting international inspectors’ access to its nuclear sites, senior Iranian MPs have said. The move, which is expected to take place at the beginning of November, will be the fourth Iranian step away from the deal, and puts pressure on France, Germany and the UK to make some form of counter-move.
Iran has gradually withdrawn from its commitments to the pact in the aftermath of the U.S. pullout in May 2018, under President Donald Trump, and the imposition of American sanctions on the Islamic Republic. The nuclear deal was reached in July 2015 between Iran and six world powers, including the U.S. Obama administration, as well as Russia, China, Britain, France, and Germany.
Rouhani, speaking on state television, said Iran would start working on more advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges, reports Asharq Al-Awsat, a pan-Arab daily newspaper. Such work would advance the Iranians toward the capability to construct a nuclear bomb. He spoke of IR-9 centrifuges for uranium enrichment, reports the Associated Press. Normally, the nuclear deal lets Iran use only small numbers of more advanced models for research, without producing enriched uranium. “It’s unclear what those centrifuges can do, though Iran has a host of advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium more rapidly than those allowed under the accord,” said the news agency.