US President Biden said on Friday that Iran’s increase of uranium extraction by 60% would not help solve the problem, but expressed satisfaction that Iran is still in indirect negotiations with the United States on resuming the 2015 nuclear agreement.
Iran announced on Friday that it will continue to enrich uranium to a level of 60%, which is the highest level so far. At the level of uranium used as a weapon at the Natanz plant, this ratio is close to 90%. The explosion occurred earlier this week and Iran blamed Israel.
Biden told reporters at a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Su Xiufang: “We do not support or think that Iran has stated that it will continue to enrich oil by as much as 60%.”
“Nevertheless, we are pleased that Iran has agreed to negotiate indirectly with us and our partners to discuss how to move forward and what is needed to return to the nuclear agreement…without seeking concessions we don’t want to make.”, Biden added.
Iran has increased its uranium enrichment to 20% in recent months, which is considered to be extremely rich in uranium. This is an important step towards a level that can be used as a weapon.
An agreement reached with world powers in 2015 to limit Iran’s nuclear ambitions in exchange for lifting sanctions, Iran’s uranium purity is 3.67%. Iran denies that it wants to develop nuclear weapons.
When asked whether this move by Iran indicates that he does not intend to seriously restore the agreement, Biden said that negotiations are still ongoing and it will be too early to discuss the outcome.
Representatives of Iran and world powers met in Vienna to save the 2015 nuclear agreement. The agreement was unilaterally abandoned by then U.S. President Donald Trump three years ago, which will make the decision to further enrich uranium more difficult.