Iran announces further violations

Hassan Ruhani, President of Iran

The country issued a letter outlining its intention to enrich uranium to a level of 20 percent.


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Wien According to the UN nuclear regulator IAEA, Iran has announced further violations of the international nuclear agreement. The country announced in a letter that it intends to enrich uranium up to a level of 20 percent, the International Atomic Energy Agency announced on Friday. When the process should begin was not stated in the letter.

The 2015 nuclear pact stipulates that Iran may enrich uranium up to a maximum of 3.67 percent. However, after US President Donald Trump unilaterally terminated the agreement – also against the will of the European contracting parties – Iran began to gradually write back its obligations from 2019 and enrich uranium to 4.5 percent. Weapons-grade uranium must be enriched up to 90 percent. Before the nuclear deal was signed, Iran had made it to 20 percent. The aim of the agreement is to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons. The country has consistently denied allegations that it is secretly seeking nuclear weapons.

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