Earlier, reports surfaced that Iran would being raising its uranium enrichment levels to 60% as the Middle Eastern nation was moving toward introducing 1,000 more centrifuges to its Natanz nuclear site.
Iran is reportedly expecting to reach 60% enrichment of its uranium supplies by “next week,” Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s ambassador and permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, revealed Tuesday.
In a Twitter post, the Iranian official explained that the enrichment process “will be done in two cascades of IR-4 and IR-6 centrifuges in Natanz,” adding that the “modification of the process just started and we expect to accumulate the product next week.”
“This will improve significantly both the quality and quantity of radiopharmaceutical products,” Gharibabadi noted.
The International Atomic Energy Agency, a UN nuclear watchdog, previously stated that it had been informed of Iran’s decision to boost enrichment efforts. Until now, Iran had been enriching uranium up to 20% purity. It resumed the purity level in January for the first time since 2013.
Gharibabadi’s remarks came hours after Chief Iranian Nuclear Negotiator Abbas Araghchi announced that Iran would be upping its enrichment process after the Natanz facility underwent electrical setbacks over the weekend.