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World Iran enriching at Fordow, IAEA confirms, as enriched uranium stock grows

17:50  11 november  2019
17:50  11 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Iran announces sharp rise in enriched uranium production

  Iran announces sharp rise in enriched uranium production Iran announced Monday a more than tenfold increase in enriched uranium production following a series of steps back from commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by the United States. The Islamic republic has also developed two new advanced centrifuges, one of which is undergoing testing, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, announced. Enriched uranium production has reached five kilogrammes per day, Salehi told reporters at the Natanz facility in central Iran in remarks broadcast by state television.That compares with the level of 450 grams two months ago.

The International Atomic Energy Agency , which is policing the 2015 deal, said in July that Iran had exceeded both its 202.8-kg limit on enriched uranium stock and its 3.67% cap on the fissile purity to which Tehran is allowed to Iran says it will inject gas into centrifuges at Fordow on Wednesday.

Iran prepared to enrich uranium at its Fordow site on Wednesday, a move that is already a breach of its nuclear deal with major powers, but it did not carry out enrichment itself, a report by the U.N. nuclear watchdog indicated on Thursday. Iran announced on Thursday that it had resumed enrichment at .

VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has begun enriching uranium at its underground Fordow site in the latest breach of its deal with major powers, the U.N. nuclear watchdog confirmed on Monday, adding that Tehran's enriched uranium stock has continued to grow.

FILE PHOTO: An Iranian flag flutters in front of the IAEA headquarters in Vienna © Reuters/Leonhard Foeger FILE PHOTO: An Iranian flag flutters in front of the IAEA headquarters in Vienna

Iran is breaching the deal's limits on its nuclear activities step by step in response to Washington's withdrawal from the accord last year and its renewed sanctions on Tehran. Tehran says it can quickly undo those breaches if Washington lifts its sanctions.

In a quarterly report, the International Atomic Energy Agency policing the deal said Iran's reserve of enriched uranium and the purity to which it refines uranium remain above the deal's limits. Tehran is also enriching with more advanced centrifuges and enriching at Fordow, which the deal forbids.

(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

IAEA urges Iran to explain uranium particles at undeclared site .
The UN nuclear watchdog on Thursday urged Iran to explain the presence of uranium particles at an undeclared site, as a landmark deal aimed at curbing Tehran's atomic activities threatens to collapse. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report made public last week that its inspectors had "detected natural uranium particles of anthropogenic origin at a location in Iran not declared to the agency".

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