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Iran accelerates enrichment of uranium to near weapons-grade, IAEA says

FILE PHOTO: A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran
FILE PHOTO: A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran, March 30, 2005. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi/File Photo

August 17, 2021

VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has accelerated its enrichment of uranium to near weapons-grade, switching to two clusters of advanced centrifuges enriching up to 60% purity from one, the U.N. nuclear watchdog said in a report on Tuesday seen by Reuters.

Where before Iran was using one cascade of 164 IR-6 centrifuges to enrich up to 60% at an above-ground plant at Natanz, the International Atomic Energy Agency verified that it was now using that cascade and another of 153 IR-4 machines for the same purpose, the IAEA said in the report to member states.

(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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