According to a media report, inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) found uranium in Iran with a purity just below the level needed to build a nuclear bomb.
The uranium has been enriched to 84 percent, the Bloomberg news agency reported, citing two diplomatic sources. Uranium enriched to about 90 percent is needed to build atomic bombs.
Limit at 3.67 percent
Inspectors would need to determine whether Iran intentionally produced the material or whether the concentration is the result of unintentional hoarding, Bloomberg said. The IAEA said it was aware of the media report. The organization is in talks with Iran about the “results of recent verification activities”.
In the currently suspended Iran nuclear deal, a limit of 3.67% was agreed on for uranium enrichment in 2015. It has recently been learned that Tehran is producing 60% enriched uranium, which is considerably more than anticipated in the nuclear deal.