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Iran has 120 kg of 20%-enriched uranium: nuclear agency

Under the agreement, Iran was not to enrich uranium to more than 3.67 percent.

Tehran:

The head of the country’s Atomic Energy Agency said on state television on Saturday evening that Iran had enriched more than 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium.

“We have passed 120 kilograms,” said Mohammad Eslami, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization. “We have more than that figure.

“Our people are well aware that they (Western powers) were meant to give us 20 percent enriched fuel to use in the Tehran reactor, but they didn’t,” he said.

“If our allies do not do this, we will naturally have a problem with the lack of fuel for the Tehran reactor.

In September, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran had increased its stock of enrichment by more than a percentage allowed in a 2015 deal with world powers.

It was estimated that 84.3 kg of uranium in Iran had been enriched to 20 percent (up from 62.8 kg when the IAEA last reported it in May).

Under the agreement, Iran was not to enrich uranium to more than 3.67 percent, which is well below the 90 percent limit required for use in a nuclear weapon.

Under the 2015 deal, China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States agreed to lift some sanctions against Iran if Tehran cuts its nuclear program.

But since US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal in 2018, Tehran has progressively abandoned its commitments under the deal, and the United States has imposed new sanctions in response.

On Friday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdullahian said he is optimistic that talks on reviving the 2015 deal will progress provided Washington fully resumes its commitments.

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