Iran claims that uranium enrichment continues under local law

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Iran’s nuclear leader, Mohammad Eslami, stated on Sunday that the country’s uranium enrichment is still being conducted within the parameters set down by the parliament.

According to the strategic framework law, which is linked legislation, “our nuclear enrichment continues,” Eslami stated.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Iran had dramatically decreased the rate at which it was building up near-weapons-grade enriched uranium and reduced some of its stockpile, actions that could help defuse tensions with the US and reopen more comprehensive discussions regarding Iran’s nuclear activities.

The conservative Iranian parliament enacted a bill in 2020 requiring the government to take action, such as increasing uranium enrichment over the cap established by the 2015 nuclear agreement, if other parties did not completely adhere to it.

Tehran started to flout the deal’s nuclear limitations after Washington abandoned it in 2018 and re-imposed sanctions.

Iran, which was only permitted to enrich uranium to 3.67% purity under the nuclear agreement, began enriching it to 60% purity in 2021, putting the fissile material closer to concentrations acceptable for making a weapon.

Tehran has consistently rejected its desire for a nuclear weapon.