Iran starts up nuclear centrifuges in breach of agreement

Sunday, April 11
MIDDLE EAST


An engineer performs a mechanical test on nuclear equipment in Iran on April 10.  (Photo by Iranian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says his country has launched a new generation of centrifuges that are used for uranium enrichment.

Rouhani's statement came on Saturday at an event attended by engineers involved in nuclear development.

He said Iran has started operating new high-performance centrifuges at a nuclear facility in Natanz. He added that Iran will start technical tests of another type of centrifuge.

He also said Iran will not let anyone in the world say its nuclear development is unlawful.



President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani (L) at the Nuclear Technology exhibition on the 11th anniversary of National Nuclear Technology Day in Tehran, Iran on April 10.  (Photo by Iranian Presidency/Handout/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Indirect talks between the United States and Iran, brokered by the European Union and other relevant countries, started this month.

The administration of US President Joe Biden hopes to rejoin the nuclear deal which his predecessor Donald Trump withdrew from.

Iran is demanding all sanctions that were re-imposed by the Trump administration be lifted, but the United States is refusing.

Iran is believed to be putting pressure on the United States by showing its determination to step up the country's nuclear development activity.

Source: Newsday/NHK/Agencies