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AEOI head: Iran assembles several IR6 centrifuges in new hall

Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi told the country’s MPs that Iranian officials have held a meeting on options for the third step of the nuclear undertakings modifications, adding that several IR6 centrifuges have been assembled in a newly-built hall.

“We have built new and modern halls to assemble centrifuges and nearly 20 IR6 centrifuges have been assembled in the hall,” Hamidreza Haji Babaee, a senior Iranian legislator, quoted Salehi as saying in a meeting with MPs in Tehran on Sunday.

He underlined Iran’s capability to return to the pre-nuclear deal conditions, and said, “You will hear good news from Arak (heavy water reactor) in the next few months.”

Salehi added that the Iranian experts have worked on the IR6 and IR7 centrifuges, noting that designing and building IR8 is also on their agenda.

Tehran has rowed back on its nuclear commitments twice in compliance with articles 26 and 36 of the 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

As a first step, Iran increased its enriched uranium stockpile to beyond the 300 kilograms set by the JCPOA.

In the second step, Tehran began enriching uranium to purity rates beyond the JCPOA-limit of 3.76 percent.

Iran has said its reciprocal measures will be reversible as soon as Europe finds practical ways to shield the Iranian economy from unilateral US sanctions which were imposed last year when President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal.

On Tuesday, AEOI Spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi announced that the volume of the country’s 4.5% enriched uranium stockpile is now close to 370kg.