by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) – The UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear watchdog said in a report to member states Wednesday that Iran has finished installing three advanced IR-6 centrifuges at its Natanz fuel enrichment plant, Israel Hayom reports.
According to the IAEA report, the Iranian regime is also planning to install a further six IR-2m cascades at the facility in a new operating unit, Israel Hayom said.
This latest news of Iran’s progressing nuclear program came as senior Iranian, US, and European officials arrived in Vienna for a new round of talks on reviving the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action Iran nuclear deal. The treaty collapsed when former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the agreement in 2018, and reimposed sanctions on Iran. Since then Iran has enriched uranium to levels far above those agreed to in the JCPOA.
The Biden administration has been working to revive the JCPOA amid talks with world powers and Iran since April 2021. However, the US demands that Iran stops enriching uranium before sanctions are lifted, while Iran says sanctions must be lifted first. Talks have been stalled since March this year.
In a statement about his trip to Vienna to join the new talks, US envoy Robert Malley said: “Our expectations are in check, but the United States welcomes EU efforts and is prepared for a good faith attempt to reach a deal. It will shortly be clear if Iran is prepared for the same.”
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