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The International Atomic Energy Agency said Iran had accumulated a supply of enriched uranium since more than 18 times the limit set in the 2015 nuclear deal.
The deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), prohibits Iran from transferring 300 kg of a compound that translates to about 202.8 kg of uranium. As of May 15, the Islamic nation had collected an estimated 3,809 kg of enriched uranium, the IAEA found, according to Agence France-Presse.
A new IAEA report notes that while the JCPOA also limits Iran’s uranium enrichment levels to 3.57% – 90% required for a nuclear weapon – Iran has currently enriched 43.1 kg of uranium to 60%, up 9 , 9 kg since March. They also have 238.4 kg of 20% enriched uranium, up 56.3 kg since March.
While Iran has denied developing nuclear weapons and acknowledged that its program is peaceful in nature, the amount of uranium enriched now qualifies up to 60% as what the IAEA considers to be a “significant quantity”, which the agency says is “the approximate amount”. of nuclear material where the possibility of producing a nuclear explosive device cannot be ruled out. “
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Earlier this month, Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned that Iran was weeks away from having the necessary materials for a nuclear weapon.
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The report comes at a time when discussions between the US and Iran on a new nuclear agreement have been established. The US withdrew from the JCPOA under former President Donald Trump for reasons including the restrictions of the agreement on ensuring long-term prevention of Iran acquiring a nuclear weapon and the failure of certain issues such as Iran’s ballistic missile program.
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Under President Biden, the US has sought to reach a new deal with Iran, but the two sides are currently in an impasse over Iranian demands, including removing their Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps from the list of foreign terrorist organizations. State Department. Last week it was reported that the Biden administration will not agree with this.