Iran’s nu­clear progress

Mercury (Hobart) - - WORLD -

IRAN has the ca­pac­ity to en­rich uranium up to 60 per cent, a spokesman for the Atomic En­ergy Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Iran says, far more than is re­quired for most civil­ian uses but short of the 90 per cent needed to make nu­clear bomb fuel.

“The or­gan­i­sa­tion has the pos­si­bil­ity to pro­duce 5 per cent, 20 per cent and 60 per cent, and has this ca­pac­ity,” AEOI spokesman Behrouz Ka­mal­vandi said while at the un­der­ground For­dow nu­clear plant.

“At the mo­ment, the need is for 5 per cent,” he added.

Iran’s Ay­a­tol­lah Ali Khamenei said last month that the Is­lamic Repub­lic had never pur­sued the build­ing or use of nu­clear weapons, which its re­li­gion for­bids.

Iran said last week it had re­sumed uranium en­rich­ment at For­dow, step­ping fur­ther away from its 2015 nu­clear deal with world pow­ers after the US pulled out of it.

The pact bans pro­duc­tion of nu­clear ma­te­rial at For­dow, a highly sen­si­tive site that Iran hid from UN non-pro­lif­er­a­tion in­spec­tors un­til its ex­po­sure in 2009.

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