Iran escalates enrichment with adaptable machines at Fordow - IAEA reports

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Iran escalates enrichment with adaptable machines at Fordow - IAEA reports
Iran is already enriching Uranium to up to 60% elsewhere, well above the up to 20% it produced before its 2015 deal with major powers.
By REUTERS, YONAH JEREMY BOB
Published: JULY 9, 2022

Iran has escalated its uranium enrichment further with the use of advanced machines at its underground Fordow plant in a setup that can more easily change between enrichment levels, the UN atomic watchdog said in a report on Saturday seen by Reuters. Although technically the latest escalation by Iran is not as serious as some of its previous enrichment moves, the signaling made it unmistakable that the Islamic Republic is still eyeing confrontation with the West in the nuclear standoff over an immediate negotiated compromise.

Western diplomats have long expressed concern about the devices with which this cascade of centrifuges is equipped. The use of these so-called modified sub-headers means Iran could switch more quickly and easily to enriching to higher purity levels. While Iran is required to inform the International Atomic Energy Agency about such a switch, if it chose not to, it might escape detection for some time, as there is currently a lag between Iran’s enrichment and IAEA inspectors’ verification of what is produced.

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