Iran increases stockpile of enriched uranium—IAEA

Iran increases stockpile of enriched uranium—IAEA

A report from the International Atomic Energy Agency or IAEA revealed a significant increase in Iran’s uranium stockpile in the past four months.

Iran currently has 142.1 kilograms of uranium enriched up to 60 percent, according to the nuclear watchdog.

The data meant there was an increase of 20.6 kilograms since the agency published its last report in February.

Uranium enriched at 60 percent purity is just a few steps away from weapons-grade levels of 90 percent.

The quantity is enough to make nuclear weapons such as atomic bombs.

Rafael Grossi, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, visited Iran earlier this month to revive talks on cooperation in monitoring Iran’s nuclear activities. Grossi admitted the negotiations in reviving such a sensitive issue is not an easy task.

Both sides revived talks on cooperation after Iran banned several inspectors from checking potential nuclear sites in the country in September 2023 and denied any plans to create nuclear weapons.

Iran accused the United States, Britain, France, and Germany of politicizing the IAEA board for their own interests.

The report was published at a time when Iran was preparing for a snap election set on the 28th of June, following the death of late Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi which rocked the country’s internal politics.

 

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