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Iran names man accused of Natanz nuclear plant attack

Iran names man accused of Natanz nuclear plant attack”

It said the suspect had fled Iran before last Sunday's blast that the Islamic Republic has blamed on arch-foe Israel.

While 60 percent enrichment is higher than any level Iran previously enriched uranium, it is still lower than weapons-grade levels of 90 percent.

A dog passes by policemen guarding the entrance to the Grand Hotel Wien during the closed-door nuclear talks with Iran in Vienna on April 16, 2021, where diplomats of the EU, China, Russia and Iran hold their talks.

Iran says it is enriching uranium to 60 per cent purity. Days later, Iran announced that it was increasing its uranium enrichment to 60 percent purity - a provocative, threefold increase over its previous enrichment levels.

The move is likely to raise tensions even as Iran negotiates in Vienna over a way to allow the U.S. back into the agreement and lift the crushing economic sanctions it faces.

The man Tehran accuses of being behind the recent explosion at its main Natanz nuclear plant has been named by Iranian state TV.

Iran announced on Friday that it had begun producing uranium at 60 percent purity, the latest breach of its commitments to an worldwide deal aimed at curtailing its nuclear capabilities.

China urges U.S. to return to JCPOA immediately, unconditionally

Abbas Araghchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister and Tehran's lead negotiator in Vienna, hinted Saturday at positive progress in the talks, saying "good discussions" had taken place at a joint meeting of the participants, according to Iran's semiofficial Fars news agency.

Of course one major concern looming large in the background is that so long as no agreement for the United States to rejoin the JCPOA is reached (which for Iran means Washington dropping all sanctions), Israel is believed poised to continue its brazen and aggressive campaign to sabotage the deal, likely targeting more Iranian tankers or military vessels akin to last week's Red Sea Israeli operation against the Saviz ship.

Enrique Mora, the European Union official who chaired the talks, tweeted that "progress has been made in a far from easy task".

The 2015 nuclear agreement lifted then-existing sanctions in exchange for Tehran's acceptance of strict limits on its nuclear program. Ali Akbar Salehi said more details would be forthcoming and declined to further elaborate.

The burning issue is that the USA should come up with a concrete plan to lift sanctions, and based on this, Iran should comprehensively resume the implementation of the JCPOA, Wang Qun, Chinese envoy to the United Nations and other worldwide organizations in Vienna, said at a meeting of the Joint Commission of the JCPOA in the Austrian capital.

An Iranian official told Reuters that "60 percent enrichment will be in small quantity" only.

The threat of higher enrichment by Iran already had drawn criticism from the U.S. and three European nations in the deal - France, Germany and the United Kingdom.

More news: Iran says it will enrich uranium to 60%, highest level ever



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