Iran Closer Than Ever To Nuclear Bomb: Report

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned on Thursday that Iran has appreciably increased its stockpile of highly enriched uranium and it’s quite near to have weapons-grade material to produce nuclear bomb.

The IAEA in a confidential report said that Tehran had 33.2 kilograms of 60 percent enriched material as of Feb. 19.

According to the Wall Street Journal, it’s the highest level of enriched uranium ever recorded in Iran. “To produce enough weapons-grade nuclear fuel, Iran would need roughly 40 kilograms of 60 percent enriched uranium,” the outlet added.

The report is coming at a time when negotiators from the US, UK, France, Germany and China met with Iranian officials in Vienna to salvage Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal.

In 2015, Iran agreed under the deal to reduce its nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief from the US. However, the then US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal in 2018, and re-imposed sanctions in Iran, prompting Tehran to accelerate its nuclear activity.

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