Near critical limit: Iran has more enriched uranium than allowed

Iran has 18 times more enriched uranium than agreed in the 2015 international nuclear deal, a recent report shows.

Near critical limit: Iran has more enriched uranium than allowed

Iran has 18 times more enriched uranium than agreed in the 2015 international nuclear deal, a recent report shows. The country always emphasizes that uranium is only used for civilian purposes. But the critical amount of atomic material has almost been reached.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran is approaching a significant hurdle in the production of nuclear weapons-grade material. According to a recent report by the organization in Vienna, the Islamic Republic has enriched 43.1 kilograms of uranium to a purity of 60 percent. According to this, the country has 18 times more enriched uranium than agreed in the 2015 international nuclear agreement. Around 50 kilograms would be enough for a nuclear weapon if the material were enriched a little higher to 90 percent, said a senior diplomat who has been monitoring Iran's nuclear program for a long time.

The IAEA quarterly report on Iran was prepared against the background of the negotiations to save the nuclear pact with Iran. The talks are on the brink because Washington and Tehran cannot agree on which US sanctions will be lifted. A renewed restriction of the Iranian nuclear program, however, has already been largely negotiated. Western diplomats have been warning for months that the restoration of the 2015 nuclear deal is becoming increasingly unlikely the further Iran pushes uranium enrichment in particular.

The international nuclear agreement assured Iran that sanctions would be eased. To do this, Tehran should limit its nuclear program. The United States unilaterally withdrew from the agreement under former President Donald Trump in 2018. As a result, Tehran no longer kept its obligations under the agreement and expanded its nuclear program again. Talks about reviving the agreement are not progressing at the moment.

Tehran has always emphasized that it does not seek nuclear weapons, but uses uranium only for nuclear power plants and for scientific and industrial purposes. However, the IAEA has not yet been able to confirm this. Contrary to an agreement, Tehran has still not explained why the IAEA has detected traces of uranium at several sites not declared as official nuclear sites, according to another report provided by the agency. Iran "has not provided any technically credible explanations," it said.

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