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UN Nuclear Watchdog Says Iran Expanding Stockpile of Near-Weapons Grade Uranium

Iran has further increased its stockpile of uranium enriched to near weapons-grade levels, a confidential report by the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog said on Monday, May 27. Iran’s stockpile has now reached 30 times the limit Tehran accepted in former President Barack Obama’s 2015 nuclear deal.

The report said that Iran currently has 142.1 kilograms (313.2 pounds) of uranium enriched up to 60% — an increase of 20.6 kilograms (45.4 pounds) since the last report in February. Uranium enriched at 60% purity is just a short, technical step away from weapons-grade levels of 90%.

According to the report, Iran’s overall stockpile of enriched uranium stands at 6201.3 kilograms (13671.5 pounds), which represents an increase of 675.8 kilograms (1489.8 pounds) since the last report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

In its current report, the IAEA also said Tehran has not reconsidered the agency’s September 2023 decision of barring the most experienced nuclear inspectors from monitoring its nuclear program, but added that it expected Iran “to do so in the context of the ongoing consultations between the Agency and Iran.”

The IAEA also said that the deaths of Iran’s president and foreign minister in a helicopter crash last week have caused a pause in the UN nuclear watchdog’s talks with Tehran over improving cooperation. (TOI / VFI News)

“Lord, we pray that Iran becomes governed by sensible leaders who will not continue the nuclear plans of its former leadership. We pray in Yeshua’s name that Iran will not enrich its uranium further, but that it will seek peace with its neighbors and will be predominantly invested in the welfare of its citizens. May You prevent a nuclear war in our region and protect us for the days to come.”

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