Nuclear: IAEA in discussions with Iran on possible 84% enrichment
The flag of Iran flies outside the offices of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna. (File photo)
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said Sunday evening that it was in discussions with Iran after press reports of the detection of 84% enriched uranium.
According to the Bloomberg news agency, citing two diplomatic sources, inspectors found enrichment levels just below the 90% needed to produce an atomic bomb.
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi talks to Iran about the results of recent verification activities, the UN body reacted on Twitter. He will keep the Board of Governors informed when the time comes.
Inspectors need to determine whether Iran intentionally produced this material, or whether the concentration was the result of the concentration. an unintended accumulation due to technical difficulties in the cascades of centrifuges, the machines used to enrich uranium, writes Bloomberg.
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi expressed concern in January about the trajectory taken by Iran's nuclear program . (File photo)
In January, Grossi expressed concern about the trajectory taken by Iran's nuclear program.
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“They have amassed enough nuclear material to make several nuclear weapons, [although further steps are required].
— Rafael Grossi, Director General of the IAEA
This information comes as negotiations to revive a 2015 agreement to limit the atomic activities of the #x27;Iran in exchange for a lifting of international sanctions are at a standstill.
They started in April 2021 in Vienna between Tehran and the major powers, but they are stalled since August 2022 amid growing tensions.
The agreement, known by the acronym JCPOA, has been moribund since the United States' withdrawal decided in 2018 by President Donald Trump.
The Islamic Republic has progressively freed itself from its commitments.
It produces now officially 60% enriched uranium at two sites (Natanz and Fordo), a threshold well above that of 3.67% set by the pact.