Iran expands uranium enrichment capacity, slows down controversial nuclear stockpile: IAEA

Iran expands uranium enrichment capacity, slows down controversial nuclear stockpile: IAEA
# 28 August 2013 23:03 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. Iran has significantly slowed down the growth of its controversial uranium stockpile refined to 20 percent, according to a confidential quarterly report by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) obtained by Xinhua on Wednesday, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

The report showed Iran's nuclear stockpile of 185.1kg was only 3.8kg more than a previous report released in May, and far below 240kg, the amount required to produce a nuclear bomb.

This indicates Iran's nuclear stockpile falls well below the "red line" of Israel. In the past, Israel has threatened military action if Iran were to increase its nuclear stockpiles beyond this limit.

However, the IAEA report showed Iran had expanded its uranium enrichment capacity by installing more than 1,000 advanced centrifuges at the Natanz enrichment plant.

The report added Iran's Natanz facility was producing uranium refined to 5 percent, far below weapon-grade uranium.

Iran is also said to have continued work on its planned heavy water reactor at Arak, but the implementation of the project has been postponed to beyond the first quarter of 2014.

Western powers fear the Arak facility could be used to generate plutonium instead of uranium and be used to build a nuclear bomb. However, Iran refutes the allegations and claims its nuclear programs are aimed at power generation and medical use.

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