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UN: Iran increasing uranium enrichment purity, quantities

The UN’s atomic watchdog says its inspectors have confirmed that Iran has began enriching uranium as much as 20 per cent purity, a technical step away from weapons-grade ranges.

It’s the most recent in a string of violations of the 2015 nuclear cope with world powers.

The International Atomic Energy Agency reported in a confidential doc distributed to member international locations and seen by The Associated Press Tuesday that as of Feb. 16, Iran had added 17.6 kilograms (38.8 kilos) of uranium enriched to twenty per cent to its stockpile.

Overall, it elevated its stockpile of enriched uranium to 2,967.8 kilograms (6,542.9 kilos), up from 2,442.9 kilograms (5,385.7 kilos) reported on November 2.

The nuclear deal signed in 2015 with the United States, Germany, France, Britain, China and Russia, often known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, permits Iran solely to maintain a stockpile of 202.8 kilograms (447 kilos).

It additionally permits enrichment solely as much as 3.67 per cent.

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