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U.N. inspectors detect near-weapons-grade enriched uranium in Iran

By Laurence Norman

19 Feb 2023 · 3 min read

The Wall Street Journal reports on findings from United Nations atomic agency inspectors, who detected nuclear weapons-grade uranium in Iran, sparking Western concerns.

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United Nations atomic agency inspectors have detected uranium that has been enriched to near weapons-grade in Iran in recent weeks, three senior diplomats said Sunday, a finding that will deepen concerns about Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.

Iran has been producing highly enriched, weapons-grade material of 60% purity since early 2021, but the material found was of 84% purity, according to the diplomats. Weapons-grade enriched uranium is generally considered to be from around 90%-enriched uranium.

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