FPI / February 1, 2023
Iran has enough material to produce “several” nuclear weapons, according to Rafael Grossi, the chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
Last year, the IAEA had called on Iran to explain why traces of uranium were detected in three areas that were not supposed to be dedicated to nuclear activity.
Iran retaliated by removing 27 of the IAEA’s cameras.
That the move left the IAEA “blind” on several aspects, including how much material, equipment, and centrifuges Iran has, Grossi said.
Uranium enriched to more than 90% can be weaponized. Iran has 70 kilograms (154 pounds) of uranium enriched to 60% purity and 1,000 kilograms to 20% purity, according to Grossi.
Speaking ahead of a planned visit to Teheran, Grossi told a European Parliament subcommittee in Brussels on Jan.25 that Iran has not yet built a nuclear weapon and the West should redouble efforts to stop it from doing so.
The IAEA chief is heading to Iran for what he called a “much needed political dialogue” despite the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal signed with Iran in 2015, being “in a very bad shape.”
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