The move takes Iran a step closer to developing materials that could be used to make a nuclear weapon.
"It is worrying that Iran chooses to escalate its non-performance of its [nuclear deal] commitments, especially with experiments that have value for nuclear weapons research," U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a briefing.
"It's another unfortunate step backward for Iran, particularly when we, for our part, have demonstrated our sincere intention and willingness to return to the [deal]."
Iran's envoy to the IAEA, Kazem Gharibabadi, confirmed the news, saying the first silicide fuel plate will be produced soon using 20 percent enriched uranium for medical purposes.
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