Since the United States withdrew from the nuclear deal, Iran no longer feels bound by it. The amount of enriched uranium in the country is already twelve times that allowed, reports the international atomic authority.
Iran continues to increase its supplies of low-enriched uranium, according to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In doing so it violates the restrictions imposed by the 2015 international nuclear agreement, as the authority announces in its quarterly report to member states.
At the beginning of November, Iran had a supply of a whopping 2,400 kilograms of low-enriched uranium, at the end of August it was about 2,100 kilograms, the report said. The deal only allows for a stock of just over 200 kilograms.
The agreement aims to prevent the construction of an atomic bomb
According to the IAEA, Iran has not yet provided any reason why uranium particles have been found at a facility that has not been declared a nuclear site. The chemical signature of the atomic traces matches that of the traces on centrifuges that Iran imported from neighboring Pakistan, a nuclear power. Furthermore, contrary to the international nuclear agreement, the first advanced uranium centrifuges were installed underground. The IAEA calls for a comprehensive statement from Iran.
The nuclear deal was signed in 2015 between Iran on the one hand and the United States, Germany, France, Great Britain, China and Russia on the other. It should prevent Iran, ruled by Shiite clerics, from building an atomic bomb. In return, Iran receives economic incentives. However, the United States withdrew from the deal in 2018 under President Donald Trump. Since then, Iran has tried to pressure the remaining signatories by violating the agreement.