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Iran’s Atomic Energy Chief Says Deal With World Powers Enabled Acceleration of Nuclear Activities

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AEOI Chief Ali Akbar Salehi. Photo: Wikipedia.

AEOI Chief Ali Akbar Salehi. Photo: Wikipedia.

A senior Iranian official said that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) signed with world powers enabled the Islamic Republic to accelerate some of its nuclear activities, Iran’s semi-official state news agency Mehr reported on Wednesday.

Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said that, among other things, the JCPOA has allowed Iran to grow its reserve of “nuclear material” from 550 to 770 tons.

“Exploration, extraction, enrichment, research reactors, and R and D are the major components of the nuclear program; JCPOA did not completely stymied the program, and we have only been slower in terms of progress,” Mr. Salehi told a meeting of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations. “In other activities even we have accelerated the pace, including in the volume of nuclear material which was 550 ton before, now we have 770 tons of nuclear material; this is a fact known to IAEA. With heavy water, we secured the project along with R and D, extraction and exploration.”

Salehi also stressed that claims of a complete suspension of Tehran’s nuclear activities were baseless. He noted that the JCPOA had left the main components of the program intact, in addition to providing Iran’s nuclear activities official UN Security Council recognition.

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  • leonard m

    Why do you let dovid doud the writer of this author lie to the klal? the writer knows that Iran isn’t storing at any point for the next 15 years more than 300 kilos of LEU ( low enriched uranium). The writer knows that Iran would require months to enrich even a small amount of the 770 tons of “nuclear material” into even LEU; furthermore the writer knows that Iran can’t enrich enough of anything they have in Iran into enough material for one single bomb in less than a year.

    But the Algemeiner decided to write an article the readers can’t make heads or tails of to scare the klal into believing the opposite about the real situation. Writing articles like this is downright anti-semitic

  • Mickey Oberman

    Obama must be ecstatic.

  • Peter Joffe

    Consort with the Devil and you will be ‘devilised’. The world is bowing to tyranny especially when led by 2 faced poliicians like Obama.

  • Jan. 28, 2016. LeeJai Cook, Roaring Springs, TEXAS USA.
    Elijah, our forthcoming World Ruler, has stated that four world cities will sustain near-lethal attacks: New York City, Washington D.C., London, and Jerusalem.
    I wonder which country will attack these four cities?

  • Ted Crawford

    So when can we expect to experience the fruition of Iran’s nuclear weapons program? Iran is saving that one as a surprise!

    When can Iran expect to experience the righteous wrath of Almighty G_d? They can’t… pity them.