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Iran has 120 kg of 20% enriched uranium: atomic agency

AFP

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The chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Mohammad Eslami (R) and Iran's Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency Kazem Gharib Abadi in Vienna, Austria on September 20, 2021.
JOE KLAMAR / AFPThe chief of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Mohammad Eslami (R) and Iran's Governor to the International Atomic Energy Agency Kazem Gharib Abadi in Vienna, Austria on September 20, 2021.

IAEA in September estimated that Islamic Republic had 84.3 kilos of uranium enriched to that level

Iran has enriched more than 120 kilograms of 20 percent enriched uranium, the head of the country's atomic energy agency said on state television Saturday evening.

"We have passed 120 kilograms. We have more than that figure," said Mohammad Eslami, head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.

"Our people know well that they (Western powers) were meant to give us the enriched fuel at 20 percent to use in the Tehran reactor, but they haven't done so," he added.

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"If our colleagues do not do it, we would naturally have problems with the lack of fuel for the Tehran reactor."

In September, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported that Iran had boosted its stocks enriched above the percentage allowed in the 2015 deal with world powers.

It estimated that Iran had 84.3 kilos of uranium enriched to 20 percent (up from 62.8 kilos when the IAEA last reported in May).

Under the deal, Iran was not meant to enrich uranium above 3.67 percent, well below the 90 percent threshold needed for use in a nuclear weapon.

Under the 2015 agreement China, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States had agreed to lift some sanctions against Iran if Tehran cut back its nuclear program.

But since then US president Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the deal in 2018, Tehran has progressively abandoned its commitments under the agreement, and the United States has imposed fresh sanctions in response.

On Friday, Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said he was optimistic that talks on reviving the 2015 deal would make progress, provided Washington fully resumed its commitments.