Iran’s decision to resume uranium enrichment to 20 percent shows that Tehran has not abandoned its intention to pursue its military nuclear program. This was announced by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday, January 4.
“Israel will not allow Iran to produce nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said in a statement posted on his Twitter.
Earlier in the day, Mehr News Agency reported that Iran had started the process of enriching uranium to 20 percent, well above the 4 percent level agreed upon in the 2015 nuclear deal.
Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabia told the agency that production had started at the Fordow nuclear facility.
On January 1, it became known that Rafael Grossi, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), had notified the agency’s Board of Governors and the UN Security Council of Iran’s intention to begin enriching uranium to 20%.
In early December, the Iranian authorities passed a law on activation of nuclear activities. According to the document, the Atomic Energy Organization of the republic in two months after its approval will begin producing at least 120 kilograms of 20% enriched uranium annually at the Fordow nuclear site. The uranium will be stored domestically. Including the capacity for enrichment and production of enriched uranium is planned to increase to at least 500 kg per month.