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Europeans express ‘grave concern’ over IAEA report on Iran

The foreign ministries of Germany, France and Britain express “grave concern” over the latest report by the UN’s nuclear watchdog that said Iran continues to produce uranium metal, which can be used in the production of a nuclear bomb.

The International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna confirmed earlier this week that Iran has produced uranium metal enriched up to 20% for the first time, and has significantly increased its production capacity of uranium enriched up to 60%.

Germany, France and Britain — the western European members of the Iran nuclear deal — call the moves by Iran “serious violations” of its commitment under the JCPOA. They say that “both are key steps in the development of a nuclear weapon and Iran has no credible civilian need for either measure.”

Iran insists it is not interested in developing a bomb, and that the uranium metal is for its civilian nuclear program.

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