Iran Starts Enriching With More Advanced IR-2m Machines at Natanz

DUBAI (Reuters) -
A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran. (Reuters/Raheb Homavandi/File Photo)

Iran has started enriching uranium with a third cascade, or cluster, of advanced IR-2m centrifuges at its underground plant at Natanz, the U.N. nuclear watchdog told its member states on Monday, further breaching Iran‘s 2015 deal with major powers.

“On 7 March 2021, the Agency verified … that: Iran had begun feeding natural UF6 into the third cascade of 174 IR-2m centrifuges,” the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a report obtained by Reuters, referring to uranium hexafluoride, the feedstock for centrifuges.

“The fourth cascade of 174 IR-2m centrifuges was installed but had yet to be fed with natural UF6; installation of a fifth cascade of IR-2m centrifuges was ongoing; and installation of a sixth cascade of IR-2m centrifuges had yet to begin,” it added.