Iran says that it has 6.5kg of 60% enriched uranium.
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On Tuesday, the Iranian government announced that it managed to produce 6.5 kilograms (14.3 pounds) of uranium enriched to 60 percent purity and 108 kilograms of uranium enriched to 20% purity in five months.
This makes Iran closer to reaching 90% purity, required to make a nuclear weapon. This new development comes amid talks between world powers and Iran in Vienna aimed at rebuilding the 2015 nuclear deal that ex-US President Donald Trump scrapped back in 2018. The nuclear deal will put curbs on Iran’s nuclear enrichment in exchange for sanctions relief.
Last month, the United Nations’ atomic watchdog said that it hasn’t managed to monitor Iran’s nuclear program since last February after Iran prevented international inspections of its nuclear facilities. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency Iran’s stockpile last May was 62.8 kilograms (138.5 pounds) of uranium enriched to 20% purity, and 2.4 kilograms enriched to 60% purity. It is way above the 3.67% purity accepted in the nuclear deal.
Leaders of the G7 said last week that they will stop Iran from making nuclear weapons.