IAEA ‘cannot assure’ Iran nuke program peaceful; Tehran has enough material for bomb

The Times of Israel reports: “The UN’s nuclear watchdog said Wednesday it could not guarantee the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program, saying there had been ‘no progress’ in resolving questions over the past presence of nuclear material at undeclared sites.

In a report seen by AFP, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said it was ‘not in a position to provide assurance that Iran’s nuclear program is exclusively peaceful.’

And a senior diplomat told the Reuters news agency that the uranium amount was enough — if enriched further — to construct a nuclear bomb.

The IAEA also said Iran was continuing to enrich uranium well over the limits laid down in the ailing 2015 deal, with its stockpile now over 19 times the limit set out in the accord.

The stockpile of uranium enriched to 60 percent is now 55.6 kilos, up from 43.1 kilos, the IAEA said. That level of enrichment is much closer to the 90-percent threshold required for use in a weapon…”

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