IAEA: Iran rose uranium enrichment level to five pct

VIENNA, The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed Monday that Iran had increased uranium enrichment level to five percent, overstepping the nuclear deal cap.

“On 7 July 2019, Iran provided the Agency with updated design information indicating that the enrichment level of the UF6 product is up to five percent U-235 at the Fuel Enrichment Plant (FEP) at Natanz,” the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano stated in a special report to the Agency’s Board of Governors and the United Nations Security Council.

He went on to say that on 8 July 2019, Iran informed the Agency that, based on the operator’s assessment, the enrichment level of the UF6 product at FEP “is about 4.5 percent.” Meanwhile, Amano unveiled that on 8 July 2019, the Agency, using its on-line enrichment monitors, verified that Iran was enriching UF6 above 3.67 percent U-235 at FEP.

“On the same date, the Agency took samples of the UF6 product for analysis,” he noted.

The IAEA’s Board of Governors will hold an emergency meeting, upon a request from the US, on Wednesday to discuss the Director General’s report about Iran.

On Sunday, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran announced increasing the uranium enrichment to level to 4.5 percent which oversteps the 3.67 percent limit set by the Iran nuclear deal or JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).

Source: Kuwait News Agency