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IAEA says it will step up inspections at Iran’s Fordow uranium plant

A satellite image from September 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)
A satellite image from September 15, 2017, of the Fordow nuclear facility in Iran. (Google Earth)

The International Atomic Energy Agency says that it will step up the frequency of its inspections of the Fordow plant in Iran as Tehran increases its uranium enrichment there.

“The Agency has decided and Iran has agreed to increase the frequency of verification activities at FFEP and will continue consultations with Iran on practical arrangements to facilitate implementation of these activities,” the IAEA says in a report seen by Reuters.

The IAEA says that Iran has begun enriching uranium to 20 percent purity at Fordow facility, amid recently renewed talks in Vienna between Tehran and world powers over its nuclear program.

In a statement, the oversight agency says that Iran is using 166 IR-6 centrifuges at Fordow to enrich 5% uranium to up to 20%.

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