White House spokeswoman Jane Psaki confirmed that her country is “concerned” after Iran’s announcement, which she described as “provocative,” that it had begun enriching uranium to a purity of 60%.
She said, “We look seriously at Iran’s provocative announcement of its intention to enrich uranium to 60% … and the (5 + 1) group must reject this with one voice.”
She added, “This step will raise doubts about Iran’s seriousness with regard to the nuclear negotiations, and stresses the necessity of returning to mutual compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.”
Iran’s announcement came after accusing Israel of “sabotaging” a major nuclear site in Natanz.
Iranian media quoted the chief Iranian negotiator in the nuclear talks, Abbas Araghchi, as saying, “Iran has begun to enrich uranium to 60%.”
For his part, Iran’s permanent representative to international organizations in Vienna, Kazem Gharib Abadi, affirmed that “uranium enrichment at the Natanz facility has not stopped after targeting it, and that the replacement of centrifuges has begun.”
The Iranian nuclear facility, Natanz, was exposed to an act that Iran described as a terrorist recently, and it held Israel responsible.