Britain, France and Germany condemned Iran’s announcement on January 4 to begin enriching uranium with a purity of 20%.
“We strongly urge Iran to stop enriching uranium at a purity rate of 20% without delay,” the foreign ministers of the three countries said in a joint statement today.
The three countries added that Tehran’s decision entails significant risks of nuclear proliferation, and increases the chances of undermining the international agreement signed in 2015.
In a statement by the three countries, there is no justification for this new retreat from the commitments made by Iran this week, and it urged Tehran to “immediately stop” enrichment with that percentage.
On Monday, the Iranian government said it had resumed uranium enrichment with a purity of 20% at the underground Fordo nuclear facility.
In early December, the Iranian parliament approved a law requiring the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran to start enriching uranium by 20% and raise the stock of low-enriched uranium, following the assassination of Mohsen Fakhri Zadeh, known as “the godfather of the nuclear deal.”
The nuclear agreement concluded with the major powers in 2015 did not allow Tehran to enrich uranium by more than 3.67%.