Iran starts dismantling inactive centrifuges in Natanz, nuclear chief says

November 16, 2015 - 0:0

TEHRAN - The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has started dismantling inactive centrifuges in the Natanz nuclear facility, the AEOI chief said on Sunday.

However, Ali Akbar Salehi said, “We have dismantled no centrifuge in Fordow yet”.

In a televised interview, he said the centrifuges that are being dismantled are not active and do not produce uranium.

Salehi also said that there are 2000 centrifuges in Fordow that 1000 of them will remain, adding that no dismantling has been started in Fordow yet.

Iran and the 5+1 group - the United States, Britain, France, China and Russia plus Germany - finalized the text of a nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), in Vienna on July 14 according to which Iran sales down its nuclear activities in lieu of sanctions relief.

Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and chief nuclear negotiator, who had visited Vienna on Saturday for talks on the Syrian conflict held talks with his U.S. counterpart John Kerry on the mechanism to lift sanctions against Iran.