VIENNA (Reuters) – Iran has escalated its uranium enrichment additional by enriching with superior machines at its underground Fordow plant which are capable of swap extra simply between enrichment ranges, the U.N. atomic watchdog mentioned in a report on Saturday seen by Reuters.
The International Atomic Energy Agency verified on Saturday that Iran had begun feeding uranium hexafluoride fuel enriched to as much as 5% into the cascade, or cluster, of 166 IR-6 centrifuges with so-called modified sub-headers at Fordow, the confidential IAEA report back to member states mentioned.
Iran has knowledgeable the IAEA it plans to make use of the machines to complement to as much as 20% purity, the report mentioned, lower than the as much as 60% it’s producing elsewhere and the roughly 90% of weapons grade. But Western diplomats have repeatedly expressed concern concerning the modified sub-headers as a result of they make it doable to change to larger purity ranges far more simply and shortly.
(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Alison Williams)