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Iran strengthens uranium enrichment and seizes South Korean tankers

South Korea will discuss Iran's detention of South Korean ships. The consultation group may leave for Iran on the 6th.

Iran's Arak Heavy Water Reactor. ( Photo of France's Hippa Pictures)

January 5 According to a report by Deutshin News Agency Tehran on January 4, Iran announced on Monday local time that it had begun to increase its enrichment of uranium to 20%, far exceeding the 3.67% ceiling stipulated in the 2015 nuclear agreement.

Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabier said uranium enrichment activities began “a few hours ago” at the underground nuclear facility in Fordo, south of the capital Tehran.

According to Rabbières, this procedure is in line with a new law recently passed by Parliament.

The new law allows the annual production of 120 kilograms of enriched uranium enriched by 20%, and also allows the country’s IAEA to produce 500 kilograms of enriched uranium enriched with a low abundance of 500 kilograms per month.

The law has caused controversy in Iran and has been criticized for being politically unwise or technically unrealistic. Iranian President Rouhani and the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization both expressed opposition.

Rabbière said that despite doubts, the Iranian government has a constitutional obligation to implement the laws passed by the parliament.

According to the Iranian media on Monday local time, the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Navy seized a South Korean tanker because of the “chemicals on the ship contamination of the Persian Gulf”.

The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps said on its website: “A Korean tanker was detained by our troops this morning. The tanker, which departed from the Saudi Arabian port of Jubail, was seized for repeated violations of maritime environmental regulations.”

The U.S. State Department urges Iran to release Korean tankers immediately.

According to a report by Korean Radio International on the 5th, according to KBS, the U.S. State Department issued a position on the 4th local time, urging Iran to release Korean tankers immediately. The U.S. State Department issued the above position 12 hours after the Korean tanker was detained.

A spokesman for the U.S. State Department said in an interview with KBS that the U.S. square continued to track the movement of South Korean ships seized by Iran.

The U.S. State Department pointed out that the Iranian regime “continues to threaten the right and freedom of ships to sail in the Persian Gulf” and that Iran’s move was aimed at “pressing the international community to ease extortion of its economic sanctions”.

The U.S. State Department issued a position saying that supporting South Korea’s request for Iran to immediately release Korean tankers will take consistent measures with South Korea.

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