Iran wants to enrich more uranium

Iran plans to enrich uranium to a 20% purity, much more than agreed in the 2015 Atomic Agreement, as the IAEA International Atomic Agency announced on Friday.

Iran has previously failed the nuclear deal with Western countries, after the US withdrew from the agreement and President Trump reinstated sanctions against the country. For example, Iran enriched ten times as much uranium as is allowed. It also exceeded the degree of purity of uranium laid down in the atomic agreement.

In a statement to the Atomic Agency, Iran referred to a decision by the Iranian Parliament last month to enrich more and faster uranium with new plants. That decision would be a response to the deadly attack on a prominent Iranian atomic scientist, who was seen as the brains behind Tehrans attempts to make an atomic bomb. Iran has always denied the development of its own atomic bomb.

The intention of the nuclear deal with Iran was that the country would only have low enriched uranium, so it would take a longer period of time to obtain the highly enriched uranium needed to make an atomic bomb.