According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Iran’s stockpile of enriched uranium has now reached more than eighteen times the limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal.
The IAEA in its report said Iran’s total enriched stockpile was “3,809.3 kilograms”. The limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran was set at 300 kg.
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To make a nuclear bomb, you must reach an enrichment level of 90%. The development comes even as Iran continues talks with Western powers to revive the 2015 nuclear deal that has stalled since March.
Former President Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear deal while imposing tough sanctions on the country. Iran has insisted that sanctions must be lifted in order to revive the nuclear deal, but negotiations remain stalled.
Iran’s foreign minister had said the Biden administration should abandon the “Trump-era policy of maximum pressure”. The Biden administration, however, had imposed sanctions on a network backed by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards and Russian officials that allegedly shipped oil despite US sanctions.
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However, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said the new sanctions were “a continuation of the same failed policy”. As nuclear deal talks continue to stall, Rob Malley, the US top man on Iran, has said talks to revive the deal are in danger of falling apart.
“As of this writing, the odds of a successful negotiation are less than the odds of failure and it is because of the excessive Iranian demands that we will not succumb to,” Malley had told US lawmakers while stating that the United States would reject “requests that go beyond the scope of the JCPOA”.
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