Earlier, Western countries had expressed fears that this could have serious military consequences
Iran has carried out its plans by starting to produce uranium metal, the IAEA has confirmed.
This happened despite warnings from Western countries that it would violate Tehran’s 2015 nuclear agreement because metallic uranium could be used to build an atomic bomb.
Iran has been gradually withdrawing from the nuclear deal with major powers since 2019 in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the agreement and reinstate sanctions against Tehran a year earlier.
“Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi today briefed IAEA members on the latest developments regarding Iran’s research activities regarding the production of uranium metal as part of its stated goal of producing fuel for the Tehran research reactor,” the IAEA said in a statement.
“On February 8, the agency confirmed the production of 3.6 grams of uranium metal at Iran’s plate fuel fabrication plant in Esfahan,” the statement said.
In January, France, Britain, and Germany expressed “deep concern” that Iran’s uranium metal production could have serious military implications.