VIENNA – Iran is enriching uranium to 4.5% purity, above the 3.67% limit set by its deal with major powers, the U.N. nuclear watchdog policing the deal told member states in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, diplomats familiar with the figures said.
The International Atomic Energy Agency had previously said on Monday only that Iran was over the 3.67% limit, its second breach of the 2015 deal in as many weeks. An Iranian spokesman said on Monday it had passed 4.5%, according to the semi-official news agency ISNA.
On July 1 the IAEA verified that Iran’s stock of enriched uranium was 205 kg, more than the maximum 202.8 kg allowed under the agreement. At Wednesday’s meeting, IAEA officials said Iran’s stock of enriched uranium was now 213.5 kg.