Iran’s nuclear progress
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.