Iran has manufactured 6.5 kg of uranium enriched up to 60%, the government spokesman said on Tuesday.
Ali Rabiei said the country has also produced 108 kg of enriched uranium at 20% purity, indicating faster production than the rate required by Iranian law that created the process.
Iran said in April that it would start enriching uranium to 60 percent purity, a move that would bring uranium closer to the 90 percent appropriate for a nuclear bomb, after Tehran accused nemesis Israel of sabotaging a key nuclear site.
Tehran says its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes and denies any military aspect to its activities. He says he needs 60% enriched uranium for medical applications.
Tuesday’s disclosure came as Tehran and Washington hold indirect talks in Vienna aimed at finding ways to revive a 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
Iran’s parliament passed a law last year forcing the government to toughen its nuclear stance, in part in response to former US President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal in 2018.
Trump’s withdrawal and the reimposition of U.S. sanctions have prompted Iran to steadily exceed the limits of the deal on its nuclear program.
“Under the law of parliament … the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran was supposed to produce 120 kg of 20% enriched uranium in one year. According to the latest report, we have now produced 108 kg of 20% uranium in the past five months, ”Rabiei said, ISNA reports.
“In the area of 60% uranium production, in the short time that has elapsed … around 6.5 kg has been produced,” Rabiei added.
A quarterly report on Iran’s nuclear activities released in May by the UN nuclear watchdog indicated that as of May 22, Tehran had produced 62.8 kg of uranium enriched up to 20% and 2 , 4 kg of uranium enriched up to 60%, with the next low level being enriched between 2% and 5%.