Iran parliament decides to raise uranium enrichment level to 20%
The Iranian Parliament’s National Security and Foreign Policy Committee has discussed a plan to noticeably increase Iran’s nuclear activities, including its uranium enrichment level.
The plan is part of a much broader strategy that intends to lift the United States sanctions on Iran. Iranian lawmakers had put forth a “strategic bill to lift sanctions” in early November that aims to force the U.S. into lifting sanctions on Iran through doubling down on nuclear activities.
The Tuesday meeting came on the heels of yet another meeting on Monday during which the lawmakers approved some of the bill’s articles that required the government to increase uranium enrichment levels to 20%.
Abolfazl Amouei, the spokesman for the parliamentary committee, stated that the committee discussed the bill on Monday and approved three articles thereof.
“Despite Corona restrictions in Majlis (Parliament), the meeting was attended by two-thirds of the members. Discussing articles of the Strategic Action Plan for the lifting of sanctions was on the agenda. In today's meeting, three articles of this plan were reviewed and the opinions of the representatives were obtained and amendments were made to the clauses. Representatives from the Foreign Ministry, the Central Bank, and the Parliamentary Research Center also attended the meeting,” Amouei stated on Monday.
According to him, the three articles that were talked about on Monday include measures that, if adopted, would noticeably increase Iran’s nuclear activities.
The spokesman also stated that the first article of the bill is about obliging the government to increase the uranium enrichment level to 20%. The second article discusses increasing Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium. And the third one stipulates that the government and the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) must use IR-2M and IR-6 advanced centrifuges.
He added that these three articles were all approved by the lawmakers.
He also remarked that the Tuesday meeting of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee was to hold additional discussions about the strategic bill.
According to the 9-article bill, the AEOI will have to produce and store at least 120 kilograms of enriched uranium with 20 percent purity at the Fordow nuclear facility every year, and to fulfill the country’s peaceful industrial requirements with uranium enriched above 20%, Tasnim news agency reported on November 2, further stating that once ratified, the bill will oblige the AEOI to raise the monthly output of enriched uranium for various peaceful purposes with different purity levels by at least 500 kg.