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In its biggest move toward a nuclear bomb, Iran has reduced its nuclear breakout time to six weeks.
 
02/26/2021
 

Iran Is Now Enriching Uranium to 20 Percent

In its biggest move toward a nuclear bomb, Iran has reduced its nuclear breakout time to six weeks.

BY WATCH JERUSALEM STAFF

Iran told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on January 4 that it has begun the process of enriching uranium up to 20 percent purity. This concentration of uranium, which Iran hasn’t produced since before the 2015 nuclear deal, could reduce the time it needs to produce a nuclear weapon from three months to as little as six weeks.

The day after this announcement, the head of Iran’s Atomic Agency, Ali Akbar Salehi, said that the Islamic Republic is installing 1,000 new centrifuges to help increase the production of enriched uranium. He also revealed that Iran has increased its supply of yellowcake by 8-fold in the last two years, from 4-5 tons to 35-40 tons.

In response, the United States Treasury imposed new sanctions that target Iran’s steel sector—an important revenue source for the country—slapping penalties on 12 Iranian companies, one Chinese-based manufacturer, and three foreign-based sales agents of Iranian firms.

 
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