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Iran just shy of a nuclear bomb, enriched uranium at 84% purity: IAEA

The development comes as Iran is increasingly isolated from the West and nuclear talks with world powers remain suspended

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The IAEA has repeatedly said levels even at 60 per cent are indistinguishable from the level needed for a nuclear weapon. Most reactors use material enriched to 5 per cent purity

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International atomic monitors in Iran last week detected uranium enriched to levels just below that needed for a nuclear weapon, according to two senior diplomats, underscoring the risk that the country’s unrestrained atomic activities could prompt a new crisis.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is trying to clarify how Iran accumulated uranium enriched to 84 per cent purity — the highest level found by inspectors in the country to date, and a concentration just 6 per cent below what’s needed for a weapon. Iran had previously told the IAEA that its centrifuges were configured to enrich uranium to a 60

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First Published: Feb 20 2023 | 11:38 PM IST

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