Iran pumps centrifuges with ‘uranium’ gas, as nuclear deal fades

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Iran stepped up activity at its underground Fordow Nuclear Plant early today; a move France describes as, Tehran explicitly displaying the intention to quit a historic deal with world powers, which curbed its disputed nuclear work.

Iran’s state television reported, in the presence of inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iran started injecting ‘uranium’ gas, into centrifuges in Fordow

The United States – which withdrew from the nuclear deal in May 2018 and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran – reiterated its criticism, describing Iran’s move a “big step in the wrong direction.”

With the injection of uranium gas into its centrifuges, Fordow will move from its permitted status of a ‘research plant’, to become an ‘active nuclear site’.

However, Iran insists that the latest move is not a violation of the nuclear deal.

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