November 12, 2020 Faith Matters

Iran continues to stockpile and enrich uranium, says UN

Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of low-enriched uranium and enrich it to a greater purity, far beyond the limits set in a landmark nuclear deal, the UN’s atomic watchdog agency has said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported in a confidential document distributed to member countries and seen by The Associated Press, that as of November 2 Iran had a stockpile of 2,442.9kg of low-enriched uranium, up from 2,105.4kg reported on August 25.

The nuclear deal signed in 2015 with the the UK, the United States, Germany, France, China and Russia, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) allows Iran only to keep a stockpile of 202.8kg.

The IAEA reported that Iran has also been continuing to enrich uranium to a purity of up to 4.5%, higher than the 3.67% allowed under the deal.