Iran has agreed to expand the number of centrifuges and increase its enrichment capacity, according to a statement issued on Tuesday by the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization (IAEA).
The nuclear agreement signed in Lausanne last year between Iran and six world powers aims to curb Tehran’s nuclear program in return for relief from international sanctions imposed on the Islamic Republic since it’s 2009 breakout from sanctions imposed by the United States.
The nuclear agreement also limits Tehran’s ability to enrich uranium for civilian energy, a key component of its nuclear weapons program.
The deal has also allowed for a number of key restrictions on Iran’s nuclear programs, including lifting the international financial embargo on the country and allowing the country to enrich nuclear fuel.
It has also limited Iran’s ability, under the terms of the agreement, to buy and sell advanced centrifuged uranium enrichment equipment and has prohibited Iran from exporting advanced centrifuge equipment.
Iran has a small nuclear-fuel production facility at Fordow near the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, the first of its kind in the world, but has not yet completed its first fuel cycle for a commercial centrifuge.
The country has also not fully completed its fuel cycle to produce enough fissile material to run a full-scale nuclear power plant.
The uranium enrichment capacity at Fordows facilities is now more than 15,000 centrifuger-equivalent (FPE) centrifugers (or 10 times as many as the country has currently), according to the IAEA.
The enrichment capacity will be increased to 20,000 fissiles by 2030.
The IAEI added that Iran’s uranium enrichment program will continue as long as it is not directly diverted to military purposes.
It also said the IEA was not aware of any concrete developments in the Iranian nuclear program and was not able to provide any details on Iranian plans to restart its uranium enrichment facilities.
The Iranian nuclear agreement, signed in Geneva in 2015, was signed in a special session of the United Nations Security Council.
The deal was intended to reduce tensions in the Middle East and put pressure on Iran to curb its nuclear program.
It was meant to last for 10 years and required the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany to sign off on the agreement.