The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in May that Iran had installed additional cascades of high-tech uranium enrichment centrifuges in Natanz. Now the IAEA warns that Iran is accelerating uranium enrichment to a level that is close to its use in the production of nuclear weapons.
Iran has accelerated uranium enrichment to a level that is close to its use in the production of nuclear weapons, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced on Tuesday. Reuters writes that this is a step that will increase tensions between Iran and the world powers as both sides try to resume talks to revive the nuclear deal.
In April, in response to the Israeli attack on the Natanz nuclear facility, Iran began the process of enriching uranium to 60%. content of the fissile isotope U-235. Previously, it was producing 20 percent enriched uranium, which was in breach of the limits set by the 2015 nuclear treaty of 3.67 percent.
It is assumed that the construction of nuclear weapons requires over 25 kg of material enriched to the level of approx. 90%.
Additional cascades at Natanz
In May, the IAEA reported that Iran had installed additional cascades of high-tech uranium enrichment centrifuges at Natanz. Previously, 164 IR-6 centrifuges were used, and since May, a cascade of 153 IR-4 centrifuges has been installed.
The IAEA’s report said that Iran, despite Western reservations, has made significant progress in uranium enrichment work, raising serious doubts about the nature of the work, which Tehran says has a purely peaceful purpose.
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