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Iran says it has enriched 55 kg of uranium up to 20%

Iran says it has enriched 55 kg of uranium up to 20% as part of its efforts in violation of the nuclear accord.

“In less than four months we have produced 55 kg of 20% enriched uranium … in around eight months we can reach 120 kg,” Kamalvandi tells state TV, according to a translation by Reuters.

Uranium enriched to 20% is a short technical step away from the 90% required for a nuclear bomb.

Centrifuge machines in the Natanz uranium enrichment facility in central Iran, November 5, 2019. (Atomic Energy Organization of Iran via AP, File)

An Iranian delegation met yesterday with representatives of the remaining parties to the agreement to discuss how to bring Washington back into it and end crippling US sanctions and Iranian countermeasures.

US President Joe Biden has said he is ready to reverse the decision of his predecessor Donald Trump to withdraw from the agreement and reimpose unilateral sanctions.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said today that talks in Vienna on rescuing the deal had opened a “new chapter.”

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