Iran building something new at underground nuclear site

  Among those buildings is Iran’s National Vacuum Technology Center.   As of now, Iran is enriching uranium up to 4.5%, in violation of the accord’s limit of 3.67%. Mr. Trump unilaterally withdrew the U.S. Iran’s parliament has passed a bill that requires Tehran to enrich up to 20%, a short technical step away from weapons-grade levels of 90%. The bill also would throw out IAEA inspectors. officials to suspect it had a military purpose when they exposed the site publicly in 2009. Vacuum technology is a crucial component of Iran’s uranium-gas centrifuges, which enrich uranium. Iran’s president has vowed a “quick” return to adherence of the nuclear deal’s terms if Mr. troop cuts could make Mideast thornier for Biden

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Shielded by the mountains, the facility also is ringed by anti-aircraft guns and other fortifications.   The construction site sits northwest of Fordo’s underground facility, built deep inside a mountain to protect it from potential airstrikes. Iran long has maintained its nuclear program is peaceful.The bill seeks to pressure European nations to provide relief from crippling U.S. Trump cited Iran’s ballistic missile program, its regional policies and other issues in withdrawing from the accord, though the deal focused entirely on Tehran’s atomic program. Myriad challenges await Biden in Middle East

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In 2018 Mr. The president-elect has consistently argued that the 2015 accord signed by his previous boss, former President Barack Obama, “blocked Iran from getting a nuclear weapon.”
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Iran killing, U.S. Such pillars can be used in construction to support buildings in earthquake zones.   A December 11 satellite photo shows what appears to be a newly dug foundation for a building with dozens of pillars. spokesman Alireza Miryousefi told CBS News’ Pamela Falk. 

“We have always maintained that our current activities which are in line with JCPOA can and will be immediately reversed once the other parties, including the U.S., come into full compliance with what was agreed upon, in particular on removing sanctions,” Miryousefi said. About a year ago, Iran said it had injected uranium gas into centrifuges at the underground Fordo complex, in what was then its most-significant step away from the collapsing 2015 nuclear deal in response to President Trump’s withdrawal from it. Iran is building something new at an underground nuclear site

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates — Iran has begun construction on a site at its underground nuclear facility at Fordo amid tensions with the U.S. Tensions remain high today. sanctions. ramped up sanctions, Iran gradually and publicly abandoned the deal’s limits as a series of escalating incidents pushed the two countries to the brink of war at the beginning of the year. Along with the mounting work at nuclear sites, it is also likely intended to give Iran more leverage with the incoming Biden administration if and when negotiations – be they bilateral or a resumption of the international talks that led to the 2015 deal – resume. Biden has said he’ll offer Tehran a “credible path back to diplomacy,” but stressed that Iran must return to compliance with the terms of the nuclear deal. It is about the size of a football field, large enough to house 3,000 centrifuges, but small and hardened enough to lead U.S.     The new construction on the Fordo site began in late September. Biden drops the sanctions his predecessor levied against his country over the last two years. “The U.S. Iran: Crisis In The Middle East

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Will a looming deal fix “cracks” in the “wall of opposition” to Iran? As such, none of Iran’s nuclear activities are secret,” Iran’s U.N.   Under the 2015 nuclear deal, Iran agreed to stop enriching uranium at Fordo and instead make it “a nuclear, physics and technology center.”   “This location was a major sticking point in negotiations leading to the Iran nuclear deal,” Lewis said. insisted Iran close it while Iran’s supreme leader said keeping it was a red line.”

Iran lawmakers OK bill to suspend inspections…   While the purpose of the building remains unclear, any work at Fordo likely will trigger new concern in the waning days of the Trump administration before the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.   Experts say Iran now has enough low-enriched uranium stockpiled for at least two nuclear weapons, if it chose to pursue them. 04:10

Since the deal’s collapse, Iran has resumed enrichment there, as confirmed by the injection of gas announced a year ago. The IAEA has not publicly disclosed if Iran informed it of any construction at Fordo. Iran has worst COVID outbreak in Middle East

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Mr. Iran has not publicly acknowledged any new construction at Fordo, whose discovery by the West in 2009 came in an earlier round of brinkmanship before world powers struck the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.   When the U.S. Satellite images obtained from Maxar Technologies by the AP show the construction taking place at a northwest corner of the site, near the holy Shiite city of Qom some 55 miles southwest of Tehran. If it does, his administration would “re-enter the agreement,” too. Already, Iran is building at its Natanz nuclear facility after a mysterious explosion in July there that Tehran described as a sabotage attack.Global nuclear agency chief says risks increased under Trump”Any changes at this site will be carefully watched as a sign of where Iran’s nuclear program is headed,” said Jeffrey Lewis, an expert at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies who studies Iran. 

The International Atomic Energy Agency, whose inspectors are in Iran as part of the nuclear deal, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The site is near other support and research-and-development buildings at Fordo. “As you know, the IAEA has inspectors on the ground in Iran, and there is an unprecedented 24/7 inspection mechanism. from the nuclear deal with Iran, in which Tehran had agreed to limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. over its atomic program, satellite photos obtained Friday by The Associated Press show.