Iran’s foreign minister and lead nuclear negotiator, Mohammad Javad Zarif, told legislators that Iran would start feeding uranium into advanced centrifuges as soon as the nuclear deal with the P5+1 nations goes into effect, The Times of Israel reported today. Enriching uranium in advanced centrifuges would violate the parameters agreed to last week, according to American and French fact sheets showing their understandings of the deal.
Iran has said that its IR-8 centrifuges enrich uranium 20 times faster than the IR-1 centrifuges it currently uses.
According to the FARS report, “Iran’s foreign minister and nuclear chief both told a closed-door session of the parliament on Tuesday that the country would inject UF6 gas into the latest generation of its centrifuge machines as soon as a final nuclear deal goes into effect by Tehran and the six world powers.”
The American version of last week’s understanding states, “Iran will not use its IR-2, IR-4, IR-5, IR-6, or IR-8 models to produce enriched uranium for at least ten years.” According to The Times of Israel, the French version differs slightly in allowing “continue[d] R&D work on the advanced IR-4, IR-5, IR-6 and IR-8 centrifuges,” but not enrichment, which was the activity mentioned by Zarif.
Zarif reportedly told Iranian legislators on Tuesday that Iran would not allow cameras into any of its nuclear facilities. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action calls for the “continuous surveillance” of Iran’s nuclear facilities.