Islamic Republic to receive second batch of enriched uranium from Russia; Iran unveils its latest Fateh Mobin missile following ballistic anti-ship missile launch last week; Iran’s Defense Minister: Today, the enemies are fully aware of the Islamic Republic’s defense power.
Iran is set to receive a second batch of 20% enriched uranium from Russia for its Tehran nuclear reactor.
Less than a week following the Trump Administration’s reimposing sanctions on Iran, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), Behrouz Kamalvandi, confirmed the second batch to Fars news agency. He reported “When we were inking the nuclear deal, we stopped production of 20% fuel and deposited the excessive fuel in Russia in nearly ten batches. We received the first batch nearly seven months ago and the second batch is about to be transferred back to Iran. Any of these batches can be used for nearly one year and therefore, we have 20 percent-fuel for Tehran Reactor for at least seven to eight years.”
He added “If the fuel is sold to us, we do not need to produce it by ourselves… If the nuclear deal remains alive, the other sides should sell us the fuel and if the nuclear deal dies, then we would feel unimpeded to produce the 20% fuel ourselves.”
Seven months ago, Iran received its first batch of 20% enriched uranium that it sent to Russia in 2015 as part of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) under the Obama Administration and world powers.
Last Monday, the United States reimposed sanctions in an effort to curb Iran’s nuclear and missile programs. Full sanctions include restrictions on purchasing US dollars, trade on gold and precious metals and the sale and trade of graphite and metals. In November of this year, sanctions on Iran’s oil and energy sectors are to resume. The White House confirmed the sanctions will include “targeting Iran’s energy sector, including petroleum-related transactions, as well as transactions by foreign financial institutions with the Central Bank of Iran”.
On Monday morning, Iran’s Defense Ministry revealed a new generation Fateh Mobin missile, boasting on its advanced domestic missile capabilities. Speaking during the unveiling ceremony, Iran’s Defense Minister Amir Hatam confirmed “As promised the Iranian nation, we will not spare any effort to increase the missile capabilities of the country and we will certainly increase our missile power every day.” He added “the greater the pressures and psychological warfare against the great nation of Iran, our will to enhance our defense power in all fields will increase. With a powerful, smart and up-to-date defense industry, we will be able to preserve peace and stability, and today, the enemies are fully aware of the Islamic Republic’s defense power.”
On Friday, Iran tested a ballistic missile for the first time in over a year. A “large scale” navy exercise, that included 50 gunboats in the Strait of Hormuz, was reported and confirmed by US military officials after it tracked the missile launch via spy satellites. Iran tested its Iranian Fateh-110 short-range, anti-ship ballistic missile during the Revolutionary Guard naval exercise. The missile was launched from Iran’s Bandar-e-Jask base 100 miles shore-to-shore over the Straight of Hormuz.
Iran confirmed its “war games” to the press on Sunday.
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