Iran’s Stockpile of Enriched Uranium Is 22 Times Above 2015 Deal’s Limit, Says IAEA
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has estimated that Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium has reached 22 times the limit set out in the since-collapsed 2015 nuclear accord, according to a new report by the UN nuclear watchdog.
In a confidential quarterly report distributed to member states, the IAEA estimated that, as of October 28, Iran’s total enriched uranium stockpile was at 4,486.8 kilograms, an increase of 691.3 kilograms since the last quarterly report in September 2023. The limit in the 2015 deal was set at 202.8 kilograms.
The IAEA report also said that according to the agency’s assessment, as of October 28, Iran has an estimated 128.3 kilograms (282.9 pounds) of uranium enriched up to 60% purity, which represents an increase of 6.7 kilograms since its September report. Uranium enriched at 60% purity is just a short, technical step away from weapons-grade levels of 90%.
In a second confidential report distributed to member states, the watchdog said that no progress has been made on its request that Iran explains the origin and current location of manmade uranium particles found at two locations that Tehran has failed to declare as potential nuclear sites, which the IAEA named as Varamin and Turquzabad.
Meanwhile, the US is extending a sanctions waiver that will allow Iran continued access to $10 billion in previously frozen assets, American media reported Tuesday, November 14.
Iran will be allowed to access upwards of $10 billion in electricity revenue once held in escrow in Iraq; the waiver allows Baghdad to continue purchasing electricity from Iran and, in a change from past policy, for Iran to convert its revenue into euros and draw on the money for budget imports out of Iraq and Oman. (TOI / VFI News)
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