The iranian regime It is close to the beginning of the construction of its new Darjovein nuclear power plant. The new plant, which represents an alarming advance in its atomic plan, will be located in the province of Khuzestanin the southwest of the country, and it takes decades of planning, dating back even to the period before the Islamic revolution of 1979.
The work will cost about USD 2 billion and it will take eight years to complete, so will open in 2030. His plans had been announced 14 years ago. Only Iranian companies will be in charge of the construction.
The head of the national nuclear agency, Mohamed Eslamivisited the place together with a delegation to examine the final preparations prior to the start of the works, the semi-official Iranian news agency reported. ISNA.
The reactor at the plant, located on the border with Iraq, near the Karun River, will have a capacity of 300 megawatts.
This recent announcement comes against a sensitive background regarding Iran‘s nuclear capability.
In the last weeks, Tehran announced that it started producing uranium enriched to a purity of 60% in its underground facility fordo, which is added to Natans. This advancement in his program places him just a brief technical step from 90% enrichment, used in atomic weaponry.
According to experts, the country already has enough 60% uranium to be converted into material for, at least, a nuclear bomb. However, the official news agency IRNA declined to give details on production and storage quantities.
The quarterly report of the United Nations atomic control agency reported that, as of October 22, Iran had an estimated 62.3 kilograms of this material, whose percentage of fusionable purity reaches 60 percent. This figure represents an increase of 6.7 kilograms since the last report released in September.
Given this advance, the spokesman for the United States Department of State, ned pricementioned his concern about the intensification of the Iranian nuclear program and the refusal of the regime to provide explanations to the consultations of the IAEAwhich also cannot access the country to monitor the sites.
Another concern falls on the ongoing negotiations for the restoration of the nuclear pact, which has not yet been achieved. Iran has been in talks for months with Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia and China, among others, and is negotiating indirectly with USAin order to achieve the restoration of the agreement established in 2015.
This document limited the Persian nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of the sanctions that weighed on the country. However, three years later, in the 2018the then Republican president donald trump unilaterally withdrew from Joint Comprehensive Action Plan with the signing of a memorandum.
In this way, sanctions on Iran reinstated and, consequently, the regime disregarded the conditions established in 2015. Since then, the country has been reinforcing its uranium reserves.
For its part, in August the European Union (EU) presented a definitive text for the reestablishment of the plan, before which Iran presented a counterproposal asking as a condition that the UN nuclear agency close the investigation into the discovery of undeclared traces of uranium in unusual areas, on which refuses to explain. The IAEA considers it “essential and urgent” that Tehran provide an answer on the matter without delay and facilitate the taking of samples.
(With information from Europa Press)
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