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Media coverage | 14 April 2021

ELN Policy Fellow Sahil Shah interviewed for BBC Newshour

ELN Policy Fellow Sahil Shah joined James Menendez of BBC World Service Newshour to talk about Iran’s decision to begin enriching uranium to 60% purity at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP) at Natanz, the site of an alleged Israeli attack that took out a large number of centrifuges, to produce medical isotopes.

Sahil noted that given the likely limited output of material enriched to that level from PFEP, raising to 60% is mainly a political signal from Iran for current JCPOA talks in Vienna and is the upper limit of where it can still leave a margin of doubt about its intentions. He noted that Iran’s reaction is concerning to many because the effort required to increase purity does not operate in a linear fashion: 60% purity is actually arguably 90% of the way to 90% purity. Sahil called on officials to remain resolute in their shared goal of restoring the JCPOA.

He said that the future survival of the JCPOA is not based on trust; it is based on political willpower.

You can listen to the full clip here.

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