The head of the global atomic watchdog had said that world powers and Iran had weeks, not months to save the nuclear accord once US President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan 20.(REUTERS)
The head of the global atomic watchdog had said that world powers and Iran had weeks, not months to save the nuclear accord once US President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan 20.(REUTERS)

Iran must undo uranium enrichment, help nuclear diplomacy, EU says

Iran started pressing ahead with plans to enrich uranium to 20% fissile strength at its underground Fordow nuclear plant last week.
Reuters, Brussels
PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 03:11 PM IST

Iran must reverse its decision to enrich uranium at higher levels and give international diplomacy a chance to save the 2015 nuclear accord, the European Union said in a statement.

"The initiation of uranium enrichment to up to 20% by Iran at the underground Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant ... is a very serious development and a matter of deep concern," the EU's 27 governments said in a statement released late on Monday.

"At this critical juncture, Iran's action also risks undermining efforts aimed at building upon the existing diplomatic process. We urge Iran to refrain from further escalation and reverse this course of action without delay."

Iran started pressing ahead with plans to enrich uranium to 20% fissile strength at its underground Fordow nuclear plant last week, a level Tehran achieved before striking the deal with world powers to contain its disputed nuclear ambitions.

The head of the global atomic watchdog told Reuters on Monday that world powers and Iran had weeks, not months to save the nuclear accord once U.S. President-elect Joe Biden takes office on Jan. 20.

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