EU calls Iran installation of new centrifuges “extremely worrisome”

The European Union censured Iran for installing advanced centrifuges, warning the move could boost Tehran’s enrichment capabilities and was “inconsistent” with the international accord meant to limit its nuclear program.

“This is a further reduction of [Iran’s] commitments under the JCPOA,” an EU spokesperson said, referring to the 2015 deal by its formal name, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

Over the weekend, Iran announced it had begun installing advanced centrifuges in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal. It had already broken the limits on uranium enrichment levels and the overall stockpile of enriched uranium that were laid down in the JCPOA. The installation of the centrifuges, which was confirmed by the UN’s nuclear watchdog, came after a deadline given by Iran for the deal’s European signatories to grant it economic relief from American sanctions, which were imposed as part of US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the accord last year.

“The recent installation of centrifuges is inconsistent with the JCPOA, and the intended installation of more centrifuges is extremely worrisome as it could significantly increase Iran’s enrichment capacity,” the EU spokesperson said.

“We have been clear and consistent that our commitment to the nuclear deal depends on full compliance by Iran,” the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson called for Iran “to reverse all activities inconsistent with its commitments” to the nuclear deal and not to take “any further measures that undermine the preservation and full implementation” of the accord.

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