by Jordan Hilger, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - Iran will begin work on advanced centrifuges that allow for faster enrichment of uranium, AP reported Thursday.
Centrifuges are the first order of business in what is slated to be a fast-track to “all kinds” of nuclear research and development, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Wednesday, the details of which will be unveiled Saturday at a press conference in Tehran, according to the Iranian Tasnim news agency.
The UN nuclear agency reported this week that Iran had already begun enriching uranium at 4.5%, just above the 3.67% limitation of the 2015 nuclear deal with America and European powers, while Iranian officials themselves have threatened to increase enrichment to 20%, which experts say is a much smaller leap to the 90% required for a bomb than the numbers indicate.
Both the US and Israel remained firm this week on the “maximum pressure” policy employed by the Trump administration against Iran as a proposal by French President Emmanuel Macron to establish a $15 billion private credit line to cushion the Islamic Republic against sanctions seemed to fizzle.
In an interview with the New York Times, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu cited Israel’s “far greater ability to exert influence” against Iran under Trump than under Obama, adding on Thursday that “this isn’t the time for negotiations with Iran.”