Iran set to double production of higher-enriched uranium

Iran is poised to double output of higher-enriched uranium that can be turned easily into the core of a nuclear warhead, the UN nuclear agency says.

The International Atomic Energy Agency’s finding is contained in a report it circulated today among the agency’s 35-nation board and obtained by The Associated Press (AP).

The report says Iran is technically ready within days to ramp up its production of 20% enriched uranium at its Fordo facility, doubling its present output and cutting in half the time it would take to acquire enough of the substance to make a nuclear weapon.

The report confirms information given to the AP yesterday by diplomats accredited to the IAEA.

Iran denies any interest in nuclear arms.

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