Salehi: 60, 20, and 5% Enrichment Still Going on

May 24, 2021

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Tehran, May 24, IRNA – Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi said here on Monday that the 60%, 20% and 5% enrichments still continue.

He said the quantity of Iran's stored 20% enriched uranium is now over 90 kilograms.

About further extension of recording time for the IAEA cameras at Iranian nuclear sites which was agreed in his previous talks with the IAEA Chief Rafael Grossi, Salehi said that Iran – G4+1 negotiations is still going on in Vienna and the Islamic Republic of Iran’s decision on the matter is one-month extension of that IAEA recording, which was announced to Mr. Grossi in his Monday phone talk with him.

We have no joint communique on the matter and I just informed the IAEA chief about it. We hope the negotiations will reach result within this newly provided period, the AEOI chief said.

Salehi further reiterated that the 60%, 20% and 5% enrichments still continue and the quantity of our stored %20 enriched uranium is now over 90 kilograms, which is scheduled to reach 120 kilograms within a year according to the Iranian Parliament’s ratification, while this 90-kilogram storage is achieved within four months.

He said that the quantity of Iran’s 60% enriched uranium is over 2.5 kilograms and our stored 5% uranium weighs more than five tons, as our nuclear activities naturally continues.

According to IRNA, the Secretariat of Iran's Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) in a statement announced: Today, May 24, 2021, marks the end of Iran’s three-month agreement with the IAEA on keeping on of functioning of their cameras at Iranian nuclear sites.

It further added that the SNSC while emphasizing that voluntary implementation of the NPT Additional Protocol is still halted by Iran in accordance with the Parliament’s Strategic Move for Termination of Sanctions and Safeguarding of Iranian Nation’s Rights Law, on method of continuing work after the end of the previous agreement with the IAEA, decided that since the Vienna negotiations still continues parallel with Iran’s talks with IAEA on the NPT, we hereby extend for another month preserving the recorded films by IAEA for another month from May 24, 2021, to provide the required time for achieving result in negotiations.