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Iran says ready to upgrade enrichment to industrial level

Tehran, A senior Iranian nuclear official said on Monday that the country is ready to increase enrichment to the industrial level.

Iran has high capacity for high-level industrial enrichment, Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi told reporters.

He made the remarks on the sidelines of Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi's visit to an enrichment complex in Fordo site in Qom Province, west of the country's capital city.

Iran continues its nuclear activities according to its obligations enshrined in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) reached between Islamic Republic and G5+1 in 2015, the official added.

Iran has plan to increase the enrichment to the industrial levels in the absence of the JCPOA, he said in reference to the potential sabotage of the deal in the wake of the US withdrawal from the international pact and potential return of sanctions.

Kamalvandi stressed that Iran is awaiting the European's decision regarding the JCPOA expected to be announced by the end of June.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington would pull out of Iran nuclear deal and reinstate nuclear sanctions on Iran.

This is while most world powers, including Russia, China, and the European Union have repeatedly stressed that keeping the deal is in the interest of the world peace and security.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency IRNA

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