Iran says it’s entitled to enrich uranium to 90%

Bushehr reactor

Iran’s nuclear chief asserted that the Islamic Republic has the right to enrich uranium to 90% grade. He said Tehran was only voluntarily limiting enrichment to 5% percent, based on its interim nuclear deal with the P5+1 powers.

“Firstly, we believe that we are entitled to any right that any Non-Proliferation Treaty and [International Atomic Energy] Agency member has, which means that enrichment from 1% to 90% is our right,” Ali Akbar Salehi said in an interview Sunday, according to a translation provided by the Iranian Fars News network.

Salehi, who serves as the Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, added that his country was also considering building four more nuclear power plants in the coming years, with the help of Russian experts.

In a separate interview, Salehi raised concerns for the fate of the country’s only running atomic power plant amid talks with the West about a final deal to curb Tehran’s controversial nuclear program, a newspaper reported on Monday…