• 3 minutes e-car sales collapse
  • 6 minutes America Is Exceptional in Its Political Divide
  • 11 minutes Perovskites, a ‘dirt cheap’ alternative to silicon, just got a lot more efficient
  • 20 hours Solving The Space Problem For America’s Solar Industry
  • 8 hours Russian Officials Voice Concerns About Chinese-Funded Rail Line
  • 6 hours How Far Have We Really Gotten With Alternative Energy
  • 1 day Investment in renewables tanking
  • 5 days If hydrogen is the answer, you're asking the wrong question
  • 6 days "Mexico Plans to Become an Export Hub With US-Drilled Natural Gas" - Bloomberg - (See image)

UN Nuclear Watchdog: Iran Sharply Increased Its Stockpile Of Enriched Uranium

The UN's nuclear watchdog says Iran has sharply increased its stockpile of enriched uranium amid talks to revive a 2015 agreement to curb Tehran's atomic program.

Several media outlets said the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) noted in its latest confidential quarterly report on March 3 that Iran now has more than 33.2 kilograms of highly enriched uranium with a purity of up to 60 percent, a level which means it can quickly be processed to create weapons-grade material.

It takes around 25 kilograms of weapons-grade uranium, which is around 90 percent purity, to make an atomic bomb.

According to AP, the Vienna-based agency told members that it is still not able to verify Iran’s exact stockpile of enriched uranium due to the limitations that Tehran imposed on UN inspectors last year.

However, the agency said it estimates that as of February 19, Iran’s total enriched uranium stockpile was 3,197.1 kilograms, an increase of 707.4 kilograms from the previous quarter.

Numerous rounds of talks including U.S. and Iranian negotiators have been held in the Austrian capital over the past year to reach a new agreement to replace a 2015 deal exchanging curbs on Iranian nuclear activities for sanctions relief.

Then-U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of that deal in 2018 and reinstated crippling sanctions against Iran, and Tehran subsequently fell out of compliance with some terms of the agreement.



More Top Reads From Oilprice.com:

Join the discussion | Back to homepage

Leave a comment

Leave a comment

EXXON Mobil -0.35
Open57.81 Trading Vol.6.96M Previous Vol.241.7B
BUY 57.15
Sell 57.00
Oilprice - The No. 1 Source for Oil & Energy News