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Iran says will advance research on uranium metal, used in nuclear weapons

Tehran tells the UN nuclear watchdog that it is advancing research on uranium metal production, in what would be a fresh breach of the limits in Iran’s 2015 deal with world powers.

The latest move, which adds to pressure on US President-elect Joe Biden just days before his inauguration, concerns Iran’s plans to conduct research on uranium metal production at a facility in the city of Isfahan.

Iran says the research is aimed at providing advanced fuel for a research reactor in Tehran.

The topic is sensitive because uranium metal can be used as a component in nuclear weapons and the 2015 deal contained a 15-year ban on “producing or acquiring plutonium or uranium metals or their alloys.”

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