Iran resumes uranium enrichment in new step away from nuclear deal
Iran has resumed uranium enrichment at its Fordow underground facility, taking its next step by step from its nuclear deal with the West.
The country 's atomic energy organization said early on Thursday that uranium gas had been successfully injected into 1,044 centrifuges in the presence of UN inspectors.
The centrifuges have previously spun empty under the terms of the 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), when Iran agreed to limit its nuclear activities in return for lifting economic sanctions.
The Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, had said on Wednesday the move was reversible and did not specifically say if gas injection would be used to accelerate uranium enrichment.
However, Kazem Gharibabadi, Iran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency, later said Iran had informed the IAEA about "the start of injecting UF6 [uranium hexafluoride] into centrifuges at Fordow".