Iran starts implementation of nuclear deal
Iran halted its most sensitive uranium enrichment work as part of a landmark deal struck with world powers, easing concerns over the country’s nuclear program and clearing the way for a partial lifting of sanctions, Tehran and the UN said.
An Iranian state TV broadcast said authorities halted enrichment of uranium to 20 per cent, just steps away from bomb-making materials, by disconnecting the cascades of centrifuges enriching uranium in Natanz.
“Production of 20 per cent enriched uranium has been halted by cutting the links feeding cascades in this facility,” it said. A report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear agency, confirmed that the centrifuges were disconnected.
The broadcast said international inspectors were present when Iran began implementing its obligations under the historic deal reached in Geneva on November 24, 2013. They left to monitor the suspension at Fordo, another uranium enrichment site in central Iran.