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New IAEA report says Iran has boosted stockpile of highly enriched uranium

Various centrifuge machines line a hall at the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility, on April 17, 2021. (screenshot, Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting - IRIB, via AP)
Various centrifuge machines line a hall at the Natanz Uranium Enrichment Facility, on April 17, 2021. (screenshot, Islamic Republic Iran Broadcasting - IRIB, via AP)

VIENNA — Iran has increased its stockpile of highly enriched uranium, defying commitments made under the 2015 nuclear deal, the UN nuclear watchdog says in its latest report, seen today by AFP.

Its estimate of Iran’s stockpile, as of November 6, was 2,489.7 kg (5,489 lbs), many times in excess of the limit laid down in the 2015 agreement with world powers, says the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) report seen by AFP.

The total amount now includes 113.8 kg (251 lbs) enriched to 20 percent, up from 84.3 (186 lbs) in September, and 17.7 kg (39 lbs) enriched up to 60%, up from 10 kg (22 lbs), the report says.

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