Iran’s nuclear chief said Tehran had far more enriched uranium than what UN nuclear inspectors reported last month.
Speaking on Iranian state television on October 9, Mohammad Eslami said Iran has 120 kilograms of 20% enriched uranium.
In September, the International Atomic Energy Agency estimated Iran’s stock at 84.3 kilograms.
It takes about 170 kilograms of 20% enriched uranium to make a nuclear weapon. However, most nuclear weapons use uranium enriched to more than 90%.
Under a 2015 agreement between Iran and the international community, Tehran does not have the right to enrich uranium beyond 3.67%. In return, the other signatories agreed to supply Iran with 20 percent enriched uranium for its research reactor.
“But it was not delivered,” Eslami said. “If we hadn’t produced it ourselves, it would have become a problem.”
The nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), granted Iran sanctions relief in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. Tehran insists its nuclear program is peaceful.
In 2018, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the deal and reimposed the sanctions, saying the JCPOA had not addressed Iran’s ballistic missile program or Tehran’s support for terrorist groups in the Middle. East.
Since the US withdrawal, the other signatories – Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia – have tried to preserve it.
US President Joe Biden has said he is open to joining the JCPOA, but talks with Iran have not yielded clear results.