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Iran: 3.67 pct uranium production grows four folds

TEHRAN, May 20 (KUNA) -- Iran's 3.67-percent uranium production capacity has increased by four folds since Tehran announced it was suspending some of its activities related to the nuclear agreement, Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) said Monday.
AEOI spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi, speaking while visiting Natanz nuclear facility in Isfahan, confirmed that "Iran's 3.67 percent uranium production grew four times.
"This does not mean an increase in enrichment or increasing the number of centrifuges used in enrichment activities, or changing their type, but increasing the production capacity, we have informed the International Atomic Energy Agency," he added.
"Iran's present four-folded capacity is a message to the opposing parties that Iran has the capability of increasing its production capacity using the existing number of its centrifuges," he said.
Kamalvandi said it would not be too late before Iran broke reaks the ceiling of 300 kilograms actually the next few weeks.
"If the Europeans want Iran's production capacity to remain at this level, they should take the necessary actions," he added.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani gave, two weeks ago, the European countries 60 days to save the 2015 nuclear agreemen, and warned Tehran would abondon uranium enrichment by 3.67 percent and complete the heavy-water Arak reactor.
Rouhani was retaliating against the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement, as well as the European countries' failure to honor their commitments within the deal. (end) mw.bs