Iran Claims Larger Than Expected Stockpile Of 20 Percent Enriched Uranium

Iran Claims Larger Than Expected Stockpile Of 20 Percent Enriched Uranium

Andrew H. Sweet

Speaking on Iranian state television late on October 9, Mohammad Eslami said Iran has 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium.

In September, the International Atomic Energy Agency estimated Iran's stockpile to be 84.3 kilograms.

It takes about 170 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium to build a nuclear weapon. Most nuclear weapons, however, use enriched uranium above 90 percent.

Under the terms of a 2015 deal between Iran and the international community, Tehran is barred from enriching uranium beyond 3.67 percent. In return, the other signatories agreed to provide Iran with 20 percent enriched uranium for its research reactor.

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