The electricity distribution network of Iran’s Natanz nuclear power plant suffered from blackout on 11 April, with the Islamic Republic’s leadership later denouncing the incident as “nuclear terrorism” and blaming the attack on Israel.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that raising its uranium enrichment levels to 60% was a response to Israel’s “nuclear terrorism”, as quoted by AFP.
“What you did was nuclear terrorism. What we do is legal,” Iran’s president reportedly said during a Cabinet meeting. His comments were broadcast on TV.
According to Rouhani, there are those who tried to “empty” Iran’s hands during the talks in Vienna in regards to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but the country’s “hands are full”.
“60% enrichment is an answer to your malice,” the president added. “We cut both of your hands, one with IR-6 centrifuges and another one with 60%.”
Iran announced the day before that it was expecting to start producing 60% enriched uranium by “next week” in two cascades of IR-4 and IR-6 centrifuges, which are much faster that its first-generation, IR-1 centrifuges.
“Modification of the process just started and we expect to accumulate the product next week,” tweeted Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran’s envoy to the International Atomic Energy Agency.
The Islamic Republic also earlier pledged to introduce 1,000 more centrifuges at the Natanz nuclear site.