Iran to enrich uranium to 60% if nuclear talks fail: Draft bill

Iran to enrich uranium to 60% if nuclear talks fail: Draft bill
Wed Dec 25, 2013 14:03:09

A group of Iranian lawmakers have prepared a draft bill that would ask the government to enrich uranium up to 60 percent purity if negotiations with world powers over Tehran’s nuclear program fail, a report says.

According to Fars news agency, around 100 MPs signed the draft and presented it to Majlis’ presiding board on Wednesday.

Under November’s interim nuclear deal in Geneva, Iran agreed to dilute its 20-percent-enriched uranium stockpiles down to 5 percent in exchange for sanctions relief.

Mehdi Moussavinejad, a senior member of the Iranian parliament’s energy committee, also said earlier that Iran would increase its uranium enrichment to 60 percent, if the West violates the interim deal.

“Given the method that the other negotiating side—the US in particular—has adopted during the nuclear negotiations, the legislators are working on a bill that will require the government to increase the level of uranium to over 60 percent,” Moussavinejad told the Iranian Republic News Agency. Moussavinejad said that level of enrichment is needed “to supply fuel for our ships.”

The draft came after around 26 US senators have prepared a new bill that includes “prospective sanctions” that expand economic and financial restrictions on Iran’s energy and banking sections if Iran violates the interim deal.


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