IAEA Confirms Traces of Highly Enriched Uranium in Iran

PeopleDiplomats ♦ Published: March 2, 2023; 14:07 ♦ (Vindobona)

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has found particles of very highly enriched uranium in Iran. As the Director-General of the IAEA, Rafael Mariano Grossi, officially confirmed for the first time, the uranium had a purity level of 83.7 percent. The value is not far from 90 percent, which would be necessary for nuclear weapons.

IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi will travel to Tehran in light of Iranian uranium enrichment. / Picture: © IAEA International Atomic Energy Agency / YouTube Screenshot

The traces were discovered in January during an inspection of a uranium enrichment facility at Fordo. This finding is worrisome, due to Iran possessing nuclear weapons would destabilize the region and potentially increase the risk of nuclear proliferation. Iranian leaders have often cited nuclear weapons as integral to ensuring the country's security and independence in the face of…