Worrying West on high alert as Iran takes huge steps with nuclear weapons production

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The United States and European powers have warned how Iran have massively ramped up its nuclear programme as it pushes to enrich uranium to make a nuclear bomb. Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, Ned Bruce, a spokesman for the US State Department, called on Iran to halt its “brinksmanship” and warned the west how the country is continuing to disobey the 2015 Nuclear deal. His concerns come as new intelligence has emerged from the UN’s nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, that has found Iran intends to enrich uranium metal to 20% purity as it edges closer to producing a weapon.

The latest uranium enrichment efforts could imperil the nuclear talks in Vienna which have been ongoing for years.

Mr Bruce notified western leaders to be seriously concerned over Iran’s nuclear ambitions and called on Iran to end its reckless “brinkmanship”.

He said: “It is worrying that Iran is choosing to continue to escalate its non-performance of its JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).

“Especially with experiments the have value for nuclear weapons research.”

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His warning comes amidst a concerning time for western powers as Iran continues to disobey the 2015 Nuclear deal which limits how much enriched uranium it is allowed to make.

Only last month Iran was busted by the UN after it was caught tampering with equipment which monitors the amount of enriched uranium the country is producing.

Under the 2015 Nuclear deal, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) placed around 2,000 tamper-proof seals on nuclear material and equipment.

Concerns had been rising over a number of months and came to a head at the end of May when the IAEA said it had been unable to access data that monitors Iran’s nuclear program since February in what they called “a blackout”.

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The country were later found to have been stockpiling an astonishing ’16-times’ over the agreed limit of enriched uranium at secret locations across Iran.

As a result the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog estimated Iran’s total uranium stockpile is currently at about 3,241 kilograms – the discovery was a massive abuse of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Experts claim the massive stockpiles mean Iran can make up to three nuclear weapons which is a breach of the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal which saw crippling sanctions lifted on the country.

Rafael Grossi, the director-general of the IAEA, said: “We know that something happened here. There is no way round it. We have found this. There was material here. When was this? What has happened with this equipment? Where is the material? They have to answer.”

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While the stockpile estimate is only an estimate because of the blackout, Iran is continuing to enrich uranium at its highest level ever.

In line with the 2015 deal, Iran is only allowed to enrich uranium to a level of 4 percent which is what is required to fuel atomic reactors.

But nuclear weapons require uranium enriched to a level of 90 percent. However, once uranium has been enriched to 60 percent it is possible to enrich it to the higher level very quickly.

Iran’s push to enrich uranium at 20 percent is now putting the west on high alert as the country marches towards higher enrichement levels posing a major risk to the world order.

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