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UN Regulator Confirms Another Violation of Nuclear Treaty by Iran

The United Nation’s atomic energy regulator confirmed on Thursday that Iran has started working and installing equipment for the production of uranium metal-based fuel that can be used in creating nuclear explosive.

The United Nation’s atomic energy regulator confirmed on Thursday that Iran has started working and installing equipment for the production of uranium metal-based fuel that can be used in creating nuclear explosive.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran has informed the UN regulator regarding its plan and claimed that it would continue to conduct its research reactor.

“Iran informed the Agency in a letter on 13 January that ‘modification and installation of the relevant equipment for the mentioned R&D activities have been already started,” IAEA said in a statement.

It added that the country’s development of its uranium metal production is part of its goal “to design an improved type of fuel.”

However, conducting research for the production of uranium metal has been banned in a nuclear treaty, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which the country signed with the world powers in 2015.

Many experts said the country’s research at a facility located in the city of Isfahan is tantamount to the violation of the landmark nuclear deal.

Iran defended its move, saying that its research is aimed at producing an advanced type of fuel for its research reactor in Tehran.

“Natural uranium will be used to produce uranium metal in the first stage,” said Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran’s representative at the IAEA.

Abadi said that the inspectors from the UN agency were already able to visit the facility, adding that the move places Iran among the most advanced nations in developing and producing fuels.

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