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Iran has restored power supply at the damaged Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, state news agency IRNA said on 20 April.

Date: Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-restores-power-at-damaged-natanz-facility-8703003

A second round of talks in Vienna on Iran's nuclear programme on 17 April were reported to have made progress, despite Iran’s announcement that it was increasing uranium-enrichment levels to 60%. Under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran the P5+1 group of countries (the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany) Iran agreed to limit its nuclear development in return for the lifting of sanctions. Under the JCPOA, Iran had committed to keep enrichment to 3.67%. However, after former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions in 2018, Iran began reviving its nuclear programme and had increased its enrichment level to 20% in January. Following an attack on its Natanz enrichment facility, widely believed to have been perpetrated by Israel, Iran informed the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that enrichment levels would be increased to 60%.

Date: Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiranian-talks-make-progress-despite-enrichment-activities-8681306

In the wake of suspected sabotage at Iran’s Natanz enrichment facility on 11 April, Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araghchi in a letter to the Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Mariano Grossi on 13 April announced that Iran would start the uranium enrichment at the level of 60%. Under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between Iran the P5+1 group of countries (the USA, UK, France, Russia, and China plus Germany) Iran agreed to limit its nuclear development in return for the lifting of sanctions. Under the JCPOA, Iran had committed to keep enrichment to 3.67%. However, after former US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal and reimposed sanctions in 2018, Iran began reviving its nuclear programme and had increased its enrichment level to 20% in January.

Date: Friday, 16 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-steps-up-nuclear-activity-following-attack-on-its-natanz-facility-8673087

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on 10 April unveiled 133 new nuclear achievements in the provinces of Tehran, Markazi, Isfahan, Alborz and Qom to mark the 15th anniversary of the National Nuclear Technology Day. In a ceremony held via videoconference he gave the order for Iranian scientists to begin injecting uranium hexafluoride gas to a pilot cascade of 164 new generation IR6 centrifuges at the Natanz enrichment facility. He also announced that Iran has started mechanical testing of IR-9 centrifuges and launched an assembly line for their production.  

Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiran-unveils-nuclear-achievements-as-talks-continue-in-vienna-8663463

Australian fusion energy start-up HB11 Energy Holdings said on 19 February that it had closed its oversubscribed pre-seed fundraise at AUD4.6 million ($3.6m) and started its experimental programme, after opening the round in April 2020.

Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsaustralian-fusion-energy-start-to-begin-experimental-programme-8542552

Commercial satellite imagery obtained by International Panel on Fissile Material (IPFM) shows significant new construction at the Dimona site in Israel, officially known as the Negev Nuclear Research Centre. IPFM said on 18 February. The imagery was acquired by the SuperView-1 (SV-1) satellite on 4 January. The construction site is located in the immediate vicinity of the buildings that house the nuclear reactor and the reprocessing plant (to the south-west from the buildings.

Date: Wednesday, 24 February 2021
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newssatellite-images-show-significant-new-construction-at-israels-dimona-reactor-site-8542583

Iran's latest move to increase uranium enrichment poses a nuclear proliferation risk, say the foreign ministers of the UK, France and Germany - the E3 countries. Meanwhile Iran’s ambassador to international organisations in Vienna has written to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), stressing the need for Israel's "prompt and unconditional" joining of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Date: Friday, 08 January 2021
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/E3-warn-of-risk-from-Tehran-s-latest-violation-of

International treaties governing nuclear security serve as frameworks based on shared experience, but they are not a substitute for practical and ongoing cooperation. This was one of the messages from delegates at NP1 - The Nuclear Power Conference Israel - Threats, Challenges, Opportunities.

Date: Saturday, 05 December 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Extending-nuclear-cooperation-to-the-Middle-East

In the wake of the assassination of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh on 27 November, the Iranian parliament (Islamic Consultative Assembly) on 29 November passed a bill authorising the revival of nuclear activities that had been limited under the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Date: Tuesday, 01 December 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiranian-parliament-adopts-bill-to-revive-nuclear-activities-8384854