The IAEA declares Iran produces uranium metal in breach of nuclear deal

The UN atomic watchdog confirmed that Iran has begun the production of uranium metal, which Western powers warned would be the bedrock of creating the core of an atom bomb.

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Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) informed member states of the agency on Iran’s recent activities on uranium metal production as a part of the Tehran Research Reactor’s stated aim to produce fuel, in a statement made by the IAEA. The statement also declared that 3,6 grams of uranium metal was verified at the Fuel Plate Fabrication Plant in the city of Isfahan, on 8 February.

Iran has been breaching the confines of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran nuclear deal, since the US’ withdrawal from the deal during the Trump administration. These breaches have accelerated during the Biden era, in an attempt to force the Biden administration to make the first step in returning to the JCPOA. President Biden recently announced that it will not make its move unless Iran complies with its commitments under the nuclear deal.

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