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Iran planning massive expansion of uranium capacity – UN nuclear watchdog | Iran

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United Nations nuclear watchdog confirmed Iran A second plant is enriching uranium to 60% as nuclear deals with major powers collapse.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said on Tuesday that Iran is also planning a major expansion of its enrichment capacity.

Iran announced Tuesday that it has begun enriching uranium to 60% at Fordsite, after more than a year already at a ground pilot plant in Natanz.

Increased enrichment was seen as an important addition to its nuclear program. Enrichment to 60% purity is just one technological step away from 90% weapon grade. A nonproliferation expert has warned in recent months that Iran has enough 60% enriched uranium to reprocess into fuel for at least one nuclear bomb.

Iran has always denied any ambitions to develop nuclear weapons and maintains that its nuclear activities are for civilian purposes.

Satellite imagery shows Ford’s plant in Iran starting production of uranium enriched to 60%. Photo: Satellite image ©2021 Maxar Tech/AFP/Getty Images

The move was part of Iran’s response last week to the United Nations nuclear watchdog’s adoption of a condemnation motion drafted by Western governments condemning non-cooperation.

Also at a standstill are negotiations to revive a landmark 2015 deal that curbed Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.

The deal began to fall apart in 2018 when the US withdrew and reimposed sanctions. In response, Iran began stepping up its nuclear program.

Joint statement from Germany, France and the UK – the remaining three Western European countries iran nuclear deal – Condemned Iran’s recent actions to further expand its nuclear program.

“Iran’s steps are a challenge to the global non-proliferation regime,” said a statement on Tuesday. “This step, which carries significant proliferation-related risks, has no credible private justification.”

The IAEA said this month it believed Iran had further increased its stockpile of highly enriched uranium. Most recently, last week, the agency criticized Tehran for continuing to bar officials from accessing or monitoring Iran’s nuclear sites.

In a separate report, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi said he was “deeply concerned” that Iran had not yet been involved in an IAEA investigation into man-made uranium particles found at three undeclared sites. ‘ said. This issue has become a major obstacle to negotiations over the renewal of the nuclear deal.

It has been almost two years since IAEA personnel gained full access to monitor Iran’s nuclear facilities, and five months since IAEA monitoring equipment was removed.

Reuters and AP contributed to this report

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