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Iran Has Accelerated Enrichment of Uranium, Says UN Watchdog

BBC

Iran has followed through on a threat to accelerate its production of enriched uranium, the head of the UN's atomic watchdog said on Monday, departing from his usual guarded language to say he was worried about increasing tension, Al Jazeera reports. 

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano, whose agency is responsible for monitoring Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal, said Iran was now producing more enriched uranium than before, but it was not clear when it might reach the stockpile limit of 300 kg set in the pact.

"Yes, [the] production rate is increasing," he told a news conference on Monday when asked if enriched uranium production had accelerated since the agency's last quarterly report, which found Iran compliant with the nuclear deal as of May 20.

He declined to quantify the increase.



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