France, Germany and Britain said on December 7 they were alarmed by an Iranian announcement that it intended to put in additional, advanced uranium-enriching centrifuges and by legislation that would expand its nuclear programme.

“If Iran is serious about preserving an area for diplomacy, it must not implement these steps,” the three powers, who along side China and Russia are party to a 2015 nuclear containment affect Tehran, referred to as the JCPoA, said during a joint statement.

A confidential International nuclear energy Agency report obtained by Reuters said Iran plans to put in three more cascades, or clusters, of advanced IR-2m centrifuges in its enrichment plant at Natanz, which was built underground apparently to face up to any aerial bombardment.

Iran’s nuclear affect major powers says Tehran can only use first-generation IR-1 centrifuges, which refine uranium far more slowly, at Natanz which those are the sole machines with which Iran may accumulate enriched stocks.

“Iran’s recent announcement to the IAEA that it intends to put in a further three cascades of advanced centrifuges at the Fuel Enrichment Plant in Natanz is contrary to the JCPoA and deeply worrying,” the three powers said of the U.N. watchdog report, which has yet to be made public.

The powers further said a replacement law obliging Iran’s government to halt U.N. inspections of its nuclear sites and intensify enrichment beyond the deal’s limits was also incompatible with the accord and Irans wider non-proliferation commitments.

“Such a move would jeopardise our shared efforts to preserve the JCPOA and also risks compromising the important opportunity for a return to diplomacy with the incoming U.S. administration,” they said, pertaining to Joe Biden, who defeated President Donald Trump within the Nov. 3 election.

“A return to the JCPOA would even be beneficial for Iran,” the three added, pertaining to Tehran’s decisions to reverse a number of its nuclear commitments in response to the Trump administration’s 2018 pull-out from the deal and reimposition of tough sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.

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