Iran increases its rate of production of low enriched uranium by four times

Iran’s growing military and political power in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and Iraq worries the US, Israel and US Arab allies such as Saudi Arabia. PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON/TEHERAN (REUTERS) - Iran has increased by fourfold the rate of enrichment of low enriched uranium, an official in Natanz nuclear facility was cited as saying by Tasnim news agency on Monday (May 20), a week after Iran officially stopped some commitments under an international nuclear accord.

Under the agreement, Teheran was allowed to produce low-enriched uranium with a 300-kg limit. Teheran could ship the excess amounts out of the country for storage or sale.

Iran said this month the cap no longer applies as it scaled down commitments in reaction to US unilateral withdrawal from the deal.

It was not clear how far Iran's stock of low-enriched uranium was from the 300-kg limit. Under the deal Iran can enrich uranium at 3.67 per cent, far below the 90 per cent of weapons grade. It is also well below the 20 per cent level to which Iran enriched uranium before the deal.

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