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The Islamic Republic of Iran, one of America’s most deadly international enemies, has come the closest that it has ever been to acquiring nuclear weapons, a United Nations body has warned.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed in a report that its inspections have found uranium particles enriched to 83.7% at one of Iran’s nuclear facilities.
That is the highest percentage of enriched uranium purity Iran has achieved to date – while the production of an atomic bomb requires enriched uranium with 90%, Breitbart News reports.
The Vienna-based IAEA took the telling uranium particle samples from Iran’s Fordow plant, an underground nuclear facility near the city of Qom, in the north-central part of the country, close to the capital Tehran.
“[The particles were] inconsistent with the level of enrichment … as declared by Iran and requested Iran to clarify the origins of these particles,” reads the International Atomic Energy Agency report.
The UN nuclear watchdog’s report led the Iranian government to claim that “unintended fluctuations” during its uranium enrichment process “may have occurred.”
The United States and its allies in Europe and the Middle East have suspected Iran’s Shiite Islamist regime of seeking to develop nuclear weapons for more than two decades now.
Iran’s government has been insisting its nuclear energy program is for peaceful purposes only, namely, electricity production.
Yet, simultaneously, the Tehran regime has threatened US ally Israel with total destruction. So much so that the US administrations since 2000 have even been considering preemptive military operations against Iran.
According to the last quarterly report of the IAEA on the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, the Iranian centrifuges had been enriching uranium to 60% purity.
At the same time, the country’s stockpile of enriched uranium that the UN watchdog has had access to grew from 25.2 kilograms to 87.5 kilograms.
“These events clearly indicate the capability of the IAEA to detect and report changes in the operation of nuclear facilities in Iran,” the agency’s report said.
The UN body’s announcement about its latest findings comes after, in February, the government of Iran dismissed reports that it had managed to enrich uranium to 84% purity, calling them “slander.”
Also last month, Rafael Mariano Grossi, the IAEA Director General, warned that Iran would soon amass enough nuclear material to make several atomic bombs.
Earlier this week, a spokesperson of the US State Department described the IAEA report’s finding as “very serious.”
“We are in close contact with our allies and partners in Europe and the region as we await further details from the IAEA on this potentially very serious development,” the spokesperson declared.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed it has discovered uranium particles enriched to 83.7 percent purity at an Iranian nuclear facility, the closest it’s ever been to the 90 percent needed to produce an atomic bomb. https://t.co/IE2lvim5jv
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 1, 2023