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IAEA confirms Iran now enriching uranium to 60%
Updated: 2021-04-18 12:10:57 KST
The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed in a statement Saturday that Iran, as it said it would, has started enriching uranium to 60 percent purity.
That's a major step toward making a nuclear weapon, and it complicates talks with other countries on a return to the nuclear deal.
According to Reuters, the IAEA clarified to member states in a separate, confidential report that it had taken samples from Iran's nuclear facility at Natanz and found that the uranium was enriched to a level of 55.3 percent.
Iran had said it would step up its enrichment in response to the attack a week ago on the Natanz facility, an act Iran says was Israeli sabotage, and which media reports say was indeed carried out by Israel's intelligence agency.
Reporter : devin@arirang.co.kr