Iran's stockpile of 20% enriched uranium reaches 25 kg. - report


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Iran's stockpile of 20% enriched uranium reaches 25 kg. - report
Western officials and analysts believe Tehran's escalation of enrichment is meant to gain leverage to extract more concessions when negotiations do resume.
NOVEMBER 5, 2021

Iran has increased its stockpile of 60% enriched uranium to 25 kilograms (55 pounds), state media reported on Friday, potentially adding to complications dogging efforts to revive Tehran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Negotiations are due to resume on Nov. 29 in Vienna. But Western powers have said Iran's accelerating enrichment of uranium closer to weapons grade, breaching limits set by the pact after Washington under then-president Donald Trump withdrew from the pact in 2018, is dimming chances of salvaging it.

"So far we have produced 25 kilograms of 60% uranium, which, except for countries with nuclear weapons, no other country is able to produce," Iranian media quoted Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, as saying. Iran has in the past denied seeking nuclear weapons, saying it is refining uranium only for civilian energy uses, and has said its breaches are reversible if the United States lifts sanctions and rejoins the agreement. In April, the UN nuclear watchdog said Tehran had begun the process of enriching uranium to 60% fissile purity at an above-ground nuclear plant at Natanz, confirming earlier statements by Iranian officials.