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Iran’s enriched uranium now 18 times over limit, warns UN

The UN nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced Monday that it estimates Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium has grown to more than 18 times the limits put in place by the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal with world powers, brokered under Obama.

This includes uranium enriched up to 20%, with the IAEA in a fresh report saying its monitors “estimated that, as of May 15, 2022, Iran’s total enriched stockpile was 3,809.3 kilograms.” The 2015 deal set the ceiling at 300 kilograms. Further the deal, which the US pulled out of in 2018 under the Trump administration, puts enrichment levels at 3.67%.

The report further indicates the amount enriched to 60% is now at 43.1 kilograms. To be considered weapons grade, Iran would have to enrich to about 90%.


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