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Iran enriching uranium to the level needed to create a nuclear weapon

May 28, 2024

Iran continues to enrich uranium to the level needed to build its own nuclear weapons.


As RBC-Ukraine reports, this is stated in the reports of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which are at the disposal of Reuters.

The reports emphasize that the IAEA's negotiations with Iran, aimed at strengthening cooperation, have reached an impasse. At the same time, Tehran has completed only a small part of the steps it undertook to take in a joint statement on cooperation last year.

"Over the past year, no progress has been made in the implementation of the Joint Statement of March 4, 2023," the IAEA documents state.

In May, IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi visited Iran for talks with the country's officials, but the situation reached an impasse after the death of Iranian President Ibrahim Raisi in a plane crash.

"The Director-General reiterates his appeal to the new Iranian government to continue the high-level dialogue and further technical exchanges that began on May 6-7, 2024, and expresses his readiness to do so," the reports emphasized.

One of the reports said that stockpiles of uranium enriched to 60%, close to 90% of the uranium needed to create nuclear weapons, increased by 20.6 kg to 142.1 kg in just one quarter.

As Reuters clarifies, if Iran's uranium continues to be enriched, it is theoretically possible to create three types of nuclear weapons.

It is strange that experts have forgotten a simple fact. Currently, it is very expensive and inefficient to produce nuclear weapons from uranium. All modern nuclear weapons are based on plutonium. And plutonium is produced from ordinary natural uranium.

Author - Serhii Kolomiets, 29/05/2024

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