Iran increases uranium enrichment to 20%

Iran has announced that it is enriching uranium by up to 20% using advanced centrifuges in its Fordow underground nuclear facility, state television reported. in an escalation that comes in the midst of a stalemate with the West over the 2015 nuclear deal, said Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesperson for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran. 20 percent enriched uranium was first collected by advanced IR-6 centrifuges, and he added that Iran had informed the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency two weeks ago, the Associated said. Press. The 2015 Tehran nuclear deal with world powers called for Fordow to become a research and development facility, limiting the centrifuges there to non-nuclear uses. Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid responded with a call for a “clear response from the international community” and “maximum sanctions” against Tehran.

Iran announced in January 2021 that it was enriching uranium to 20% at Fordow, a level that far exceeds the 3.67% agreed in the 2015 agreement. Several months later, the uranium was enriched at 60% in another facility, while manufacturing a bomb Nuclear requires 90% enrichment.

The nuclear deal with Iran will be on the agenda of US President Joe Biden’s visit in Israel Tuesday and in Saudi Arabia Friday.