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Iran surpasses its uranium enrichment aims although Western criticism


State TV reported on Thursday that Iran has surpassed 17 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium within just a month’s, which put its nuclear program closer to weapons-grade enrichment levels in the presence of intensified tensions with the US.

Parliament Speaker Mohammad Bagher Qalibaf, said during a visit to the country’s Fordo nuclear facility, in a televised speech that in less than a month, scientists excessed 17 kilograms (37.5 pounds) of 20 percent enriched uranium.

It should indicate that Uranium enriched to 20 percent is a short technical step away from weapons-grade 90 percent enrichment. Moreover, Western nations had criticized Iran’s enrichment operation and appealed Tehran to follow a 2015 nuclear deal.

Besides, Iran stated that it would produce 120 kilograms (44 pounds) of 20 percent enriched uranium per year, or 12 kilograms per month on average, so 17 kilograms would surpass that schedule.

Almost 250 kilograms (550 pounds) of 20 percent enriched uranium are required to transform it on 25 kilograms of the 90 percent enriched required for a nuclear weapon. Actually, the development gets Iran closer to crossing the line between nuclear operations with a potential civilian use, like enriching nuclear fuel for power-generating reactors, and nuclear-weapons work. Whereas, Tehran has denied all of this.

Furthermore, Former US President Donald Trump in 2018 unilaterally withdrew America from Iran’s nuclear pact, in which Tehran had accepted to limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions, and after that the US then increased sanctions, Iran gradually and publicly quit the deal’s limits on its nuclear development. Also, President Joe Biden, who was vice president when the deal was signed during the Obama administration, had stated that he wishes to return the US to the deal.

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