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Iran opens new nuclear facility for centrifuge production

Iran’s nuclear chief on Wednesday inaugurated the Islamic Republic’s new nuclear enrichment facility, geared toward producing centrifuges that will operate within the limits of the nuclear deal Tehran signed with world powers.Iranian state television broadcast an interview with Ali Akbar Salehi after nightfall, showcasing the facility at Natanz’s uranium enrichment center.In the interview, Salehi said the facility’s construction began even before the 2015 deal was signed and that he hopes the first centrifuges — known as old-generation centrifuges — will roll out in a month’s time.In a gesture likely directed at the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the deal, Iran  informed the U.N. nuclear watchdog Tuesday that it would increase its nuclear enrichment capacity yet stay within the provisions of the accord.The landmark agreement, which lifted crippling economic sanctions in exchange for Tehran limiting its uranium enrichment program, has been facing its greatest diplomatic challenges in the wake of President Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of it.

 

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