The UN calls on Iran to comply with the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and to stop enriching uranium to 20% and cooperate with the IAEA. On January 4, Deputy Spokesperson of the UN Secretary General Farhan Haq stated that Iran should comply with the JCPOA terms and refrain from enriching uranium to 20 percent.
“We have made it clear that all parties must fulfill the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran’s nuclear program. We call on Iran, among others, to fulfill the terms of the JCPOA and to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
On January 1, it became known that the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Raphael Grossi 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 enrichment and enriched uranium production capacity, the plan is to increase to at least 500 kg per month.
In 2018, the U.S. withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Tehran, after which it began putting pressure on the Iranian side, effectively aimed at the economic stranglehold on the country. The treaty was signed in 2015 and implied a complete lifting of international sanctions against Iran in exchange for the country’s refusal to develop its nuclear program.