UN watchdog: Iran raising nuclear stockpile

A UN watchdog group says it believes Iran has increased its stockpile of enriched uranium, a key component in atomic weapons. Such a move would be in violation of Iran's 2015 deal to halt such activity.

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November 17, 2021 - 9:37 AM

VIENNA (AP) — The United Nations’ atomic watchdog says it believes Iran has further increased its stockpile of highly enriched uranium in breach of a 2015 accord with world powers.

The International Atomic Energy Agency told member nations in its confidential quarterly report Wednesday that Iran has an estimated stock 39 pounds of uranium enriched to up to 60% fissile purity, an increase of almost 8 kilograms since August.

Such highly enriched uranium can be easily refined to make atomic weapons, which is why world powers have sought to contain Tehran’s nuclear program.

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