Iran expands production of near-weapons-grade uranium with more centrifuges

Iran expands production of near-weapons-grade uranium with more centrifuges
Air defense and perimeter security at Iran's Natanz uranium enrichment facility. Wikipedia: By Hamed Saber - https://www.flickr.com/photos/hamed/237790717, CC BY 2.0, Link

[Ed. – Iran has added a second centrifuge cascade enriching uranium to 60% – an enrichment level for which there is no application, other than proceeding to the weapons-grade level of 93.5% purity.  The step from 60% to 93.5% is a technicality at this point, not a hurdle.]

Iran has accelerated its enrichment of uranium to near weapons-grade, the U.N. atomic watchdog said in a report on Tuesday seen by Reuters, a move raising tensions with the West as both sides seek to resume talks on reviving Tehran’s nuclear deal.

Iran increased the purity to which it is refining uranium to 60% fissile purity from 20% in April in response to an explosion and power cut at its Natanz site that damaged output at the main underground enrichment plant there. …

In May, the International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran was using one cascade, or cluster, of advanced centrifuges to enrich to up to 60% at its above-ground pilot enrichment plant at Natanz. The IAEA informed member states on Tuesday that Iran was now using a second cascade for that purpose, too.

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