Enriched Uranium Metal Serves Peaceful Purposes

Enriched Uranium Metal Serves Peaceful Purposes
Enriched Uranium Metal Serves Peaceful Purposes

Foreign Ministry spokesman asserted that Iran’s imminent plan to produce enriched uranium metal is in line with peaceful purposes such as application in Tehran Research Reactor and the field of nuclear medicine.
Saeed Khatibzadeh made the remarks on Wednesday, a day after announcement of the development by Iran’s representative to the international organizations in Vienna, Kazem Gharibabadi. The envoy described the end product as uranium silicide plate enriched to 20% purity level, ISNA reported.
Khatibzadeh’s comments were meant as a reaction to an earlier joint statement by the UK, France, and Germany, which repeated their alleged “concerns” about Iran’s nuclear activities.
The spokesman refuted the statement, saying, “In line with standing procedures, we have [already] informed the International Atomic Energy Agency about this issue.”
“Contrary to these countries’ claims, this product has peaceful, pharmaceutical, and humanitarian applications, and its production is in no way contradictory to Iran’s [nuclear] non-proliferation and safeguards commitments,” the spokesman said.
The production process is part of the remedial nuclear measures that Iran began to take in 2018, a year after the US left a historic multilateral nuclear agreement with the country and others.
Washington then returned its illegal sanctions against Iran. The European powers bowed to the bans by stopping their trade with Tehran.
Khatibzadeh reminded that the European states were accusing Iran of violating its duties under the nuclear deal while they, themselves, had never “gone beyond words” in implementing their own obligations.
“The countries have aligned themselves with the US oppressive pressure, enforcing the American extra-territorial and illegal sanctions,” he said.
The spokesman also addressed the US State Department’s similar incessant criticism of the Islamic Republic, calling it “unacceptable”.
He underlined that the “status quo” surrounding the nuclear deal had come about as a result of the US own unlawful and unilateral steps, saying President Joe Biden’s administration had been keeping up predecessor Donald Trump’s “defeated maximum pressure policy” against the Iranian people.

“No one should except Iran to unilaterally observe its JCPOA commitments, while it is under tremendous pressure from the sanctions,” Khatibzadeh said.

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