U.N. atomic energy group says Iran producing nuclear-grade uranium metal, report

The finding are purportedly in a confidential U.N. International Atomic Energy Agency report.

Updated: February 11, 2021 - 12:06pm

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Iran has started producing nuclear-grade uranium metal, the United Nations’ atomic energy group said in a confidential report Wednesday, according to news reports.

The confidential report was given by U.N.’s International Atomic Energy Agency to its members and states Iran had on Monday produced a small amount of uranium metal, after importing new equipment into a nuclear facility that is under IAEA inspection, reports The Wall Street Journal.

Iran’s production of the uranium metal, which can be used to form the core of nuclear weapons, violates a 2015 international accord. The production also is of worldwide concern because it goes beyond uranium enrichment, which can be used for civilian purposes, the Journal also reports.