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Majlis to Oblige Government to Enrich Uranium up to 20%

IRAN -- A satellite image shows Iran's Natanz Nuclear Facility in Isfahan, October 21, 2020

The spokesman for the Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Commission, Abolfazl Amouei, says a new parliamentary bill, the "Strategic Action to Lift Sanctions," recommends that the Iranian government begin working towards increasing the nation's enrichment and storage of uranium "by 20 percent."

IRNA, the government's official news agency, quoted Amouei as saying on Monday that the Commission would convene on Tuesday to review other articles of the motion, which are focused on increasing low-enriched uranium reserves and using new generations of centrifuges.

On November 2, the Iranian parliament approved a parliamentary bill calling for "immediate and strategic action to lift sanctions," calling on the government to enrich and store "at least 120 kilograms of uranium every year," beginning within two months of the motion's passage.

Based on the motion, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran is obliged to redesign and optimize a 40-megawatt heavy water reactor in Arak within four months of the motion's passage.

Under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, redesigning the Arak heavy water reactor is currently underway.

Referring to Articles 36 and 37 of the JCPOA, the motion requires the government to suspend all observation access to Iran's nuclear facilities beyond the International Atomic Energy Organization's (IAEA) Additional Protocol.

In recent days, the IAEA's new report on the increase of Iran's enriched uranium stockpiles additionally-reduced JCPOA commitments has caused "deep concern" of the European signatories to the 2015 nuclear deal.

Tehran has rejected the European countries' request to uphold its initial JCPOA obligations, calling on the U.S. to lift sanctions against Iran in order for the nation to honor its previous commitments.