IAEA confirms Iran accelerating highly enriched uranium

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IAEA confirms Iran accelerating highly enriched uranium
UN atomic watchdog confirms Iran has established a process to accelerate production of highly enriched uranium.
Elad Benari , Aug 18 , 2021
Natanz nuclear facility.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed on Tuesday that Iran has established a process to accelerate production of highly enriched uranium, AFP reports. The UN nuclear watchdog’s director, Rafael Grossi, informed IAEA member states that Tehran was boosting such capacity at its Natanz enrichment plant. The agency verified on Saturday that "Iran had configured a new operational mode for the production of UF6 enriched up to 60 percent U-235," Grossi said in a statement to AFP. This involved using two centrifuge cascades compared to one previously, he added. The move takes Iran closer to the 90 percent purity level needed for use in a nuclear weapon. Grossi’s comments come a day after the IAEA issued a report which stated that Iran is producing uranium metal.

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