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UN Watchdog Confirms Another Iranian Breach Of Nuclear Deal

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FILE - In this Feb. 3, 2007 file photo, a technician works at the Uranium Conversion Facility just outside the city of Isfahan, Iran, 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran. The United Nations' atomic watchdog agency, the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, confirmed Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 that Iran has informed it that the country has begun installing equipment for the production of uranium metal, which would be another violation of the landmark nuclear deal with world powers. IAEA inspectors visited the Isfahan plant where Iran has said it plans to conduct the research on Jan. 10. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

(AP) — The United Nations’ atomic watchdog agency says Iran has informed it that the country has begun installing equipment for the production of uranium metal, which would be another violation of the landmark nuclear deal with world powers. That’s according to a statement from the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency on Thursday.

Iran maintains its plans to conduct research and development on uranium metal production are part of its “declared aim to design an improved type of fuel.” However, uranium metal can also be used for a nuclear bomb, and research on its production is specifically prohibited by the 2015 nuclear deal.

 

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