The Iranian move was described as a response to last weekend’s sabotage of the Natanz nuclear power plant.
The news comes on the same day that Iranian state television singled out a person guilty of sabotage against Natanz – a sabotage that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani called “nuclear terrorism” and attributed it to the archenemy Israel.
According to the TV channel, the designated person, who was shown with a photo, must have fled the country.
Iranian television stated that “measures have been taken to arrest him and return him to the country legally.”
According to the nuclear energy agreement concluded by the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany with Iran in 2015, the country will only be allowed to use uranium with a purity of 3.67 percent. However, Iran does not consider itself bound by the agreement since former US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the 2018 agreement.
The purpose of the agreement was to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.
Parallel to the increase in uranium enrichment in Iran, cautiously optimistic signals come from Vienna, where new talks led by the European Union have been underway since the beginning of April aimed at reviving the agreement.
The European Union’s envoy to the negotiations, Enrique Mora, said on Saturday that “progress has been made on a mission that is far from simple. Now we need to work in more detail.”
The head of the Iranian delegation, Abbas Araghchi, said on the Telegram chat site that “good discussions took place within the joint committee.”
The JCPOA nuclear agreement was signed in 2015 by Iran and the so-called “P5 + 1” – the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (France, China, the United Kingdom, Russia and the United States) and Germany.
The agreement aimed to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons – after decades of global fear of it.
In return, international sanctions on Iran will be lifted. Among other things, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) provided insights into Iran’s nuclear energy program at the same time that it was drastically curtailed.
But in 2018, US President Donald Trump left the agreement and has since rifted hard. The United States has re-imposed strict sanctions on the country, which affected other countries’ opportunities to trade with Iran.