Iran Testing New Uranium Enrichment Centrifuges
According to the Iranian state run news agency, IRNA, President Hassan Rouhani has said his country is working on the development, and testing, of new, advanced uranium enrichment generators. If true, this is a move that appears to violate the the landmark nuclear agreement Tehran signed in 2015.
This is not the first time mention has been made about these generators by the powers that be in Iran. Last month, Iran's nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salemi first mentioned that Iranian scientists have built a prototype of an IR-9 centrifuge that is 50 times faster than the IR-1 ones, which Iran mostly uses.
Iran had agreed to strict limits on uranium enrichment as part of the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), under which Iran had committed to not using advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium, among other restrictions on its nuclear program, in exchange for the removal of strict sanctions. It is reported however that Iran is currently enriching uranium up to 4.5%, in violation of the accord's limit of 3.67%. Enriching uranium at the 3.67% level is enough for peaceful purposes but is far below weapons-grade level.