Iran's Enrichment To High Levels At Natanz Plant Is Expanding, IAEA Says

Iran's Enrichment To High Levels At Natanz Plant Is Expanding, IAEA Says

Andrew H. Sweet

The move is likely to help Iran refine its knowledge of the enrichment process - something Western powers generally condemn because it is irreversible - but since this time the product is not being collected, it will not immediately accelerate Iran's production of uranium enriched to close to weapons-grade.

It has, however, prompted the International Atomic Energy Agency to "increase the frequency and intensity of its safeguards activities" at the above-ground Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP) at Natanz, the IAEA said in a report. Ninety percent enrichment is considered weapons-grade.

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