How the US is responding to Iran’s latest enrichment activities

Iran has begun producing enriched uranium at 60% purity at its underground Fordo nuclear plant, according to official media. Its semi-official agency IRNA said: “In a letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has informed the agency that they have began enriching uranium until 60% purity at Fordo facility using advanced IR-6 centrifuges.” This goes against the United States-led UN Security Council resolution last month that demanded Iran to stop enriching uranium at Fordo. According to Iranian’s SNN system, Tehran also plans on the construction of new centrifuges in its nuclear power stations in Natanz along with Fordow.

1. What exactly is the Iran’s Fordo nuclear power plant?

The Fordo nuclear power plant is situated in Iran and used for enriching Uranium. It is in operation since 2006 and is currently enriching pure uranium by 60. International Atomic Energy Agency oversees the plant. The Fordo nuclear power plant is situated just 20 miles from Qom, the capital city. Qom, Iran. It’s built into an mountain and is designed to resist airstrikes. This plant can be used for the enrichment of uranium. It’s the process of increasing the percentage of uranium-235 elements within the atoms of the uranium. Since 2006, the facility has been enriching uranium up to 60% purity. The plant is overseen by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

2. Are you aware that Iran employing SNN?

It’s important to understand concerning the SNN network that is part of Iran as a response to the media reports that Iran was beginning to enrich its uranium at Fordo underground. SNN refers to the Supreme National Security Council and is responsible to formulate Iran’s nuclear strategy. Its members include the President, head of Parliament as well as the head of the Judiciary as well as superior military commanders. The SNN was created in 1989 following the Iran-Contra affair, and is the highest decision-making body in the country on matters related to national security.

3. What resolution was it that the Iranian foreign ministry has rejected?

The report on Iran declares that it has started enriching uranium at 60% purity at Fordo underground mine. The resolution the foreign ministry of Iran rejected was the one that required Iran to cease all enrichment operations. Iran’s foreign ministry said that the resolution was “unjustified and unneeded.

4. What exactly is what does the International Atomic Energy Agency do?

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is an organization of international standing which aims to encourage the peaceful utilization of nuclear energy, as well as prevent its use for purposes of military. The IAEA was established in 1957, is the world’s most respected authority in the field of nuclear power. According to Article II of the Statute of the IAEA, the IAEA is mandated In order to increase and accelerate the role of nuclear energy in promoting peace and health worldwide. Alongside it’s Member States, the IAEA as well as its partner organizations work in promoting peaceful nuclear utilization and aid in preventing the spread of nuclear technology.

Quick Summary

It is evident that Iran enhances the uranium content at its underground Fordo facility up to 60. The UN nuclear watchdog demanded more Tehran co-operation. Iran has been enriching its uranium to up to 60% elsewhere. It’s well below the required 90 percent for high-grade weapons. The news could reduce the chances of a renewal in 2015 of the Iran nuclear deal, which was originally conceived to restrict the enrichment of Iran.

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