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‘This morning Iran passed the 4.5% level in uranium enrichment’: Tehran has officially surpassed limit set by the JCPOA nuclear agreement.
Iran is planning on going to 20 percent or higher uranium enrichment as its next step in rolling back the commitments it made under the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, rapidly bringing its program closer to weapons-grade levels.
Nuclear agency spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi confirmed that Iran had surpassed the 3.67% enrichment cap set by the faltering deal.
“This morning Iran passed the 4.5% level in uranium enrichment, this level of purity completely satisfies the power plant fuel requirements of the country.” ” Kamalvandi said.
He said the next and third stage in abandoning the agreement could be increasing uranium enrichment to 20% or more. That would worry nuclear nonproliferation experts, as 20% is a short technical step away from reaching weapons-grade levels of 90%.
Under the nuclear deal, the cap for enrichment was set at 3.67%, a percentage closely monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog. The IAEA said it was waiting for a report from its inspectors before commenting on Iran’s move.
The decision to ramp up uranium enrichment purity came less than a week after Iran acknowledged breaking the deal’s 300-kilogram (661-pound) limit on its low-enriched uranium stockpile. Experts warn higher enrichment and a growing stockpile could begin to narrow the one-year window Iran would need to have enough material for an atomic bomb, something Iran denies it wants but the deal prevented.