Iran is in the process of producing enriched Uranium Metal, which could be used to develop a nuclear weapon. This has been confirmed by the UN’s Atomic Watchdog.

Tehran informed the International Atomic Energy Agency, (IAEA), that Tehran was developing fuel for a research reactor.

Officials from Germany, France and Britain warned that the move could jeopardize talks to revive the 2015 nuclear agreement.

It was called an “unfortunate move backwards” by the US

The agreement, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), placed restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program to make it more difficult for them to develop nuclear weapons.

The US and European signatories also agreed to lift any economic sanctions currently in place.

Trump, the former President, pulled the USA out of the 2018 deal and reinstated sanctions on Iran. Iran began to violate many of its restrictions after that.

The current US President Joe Biden’s administration has upheld Mr Trump’s sanctions on Iran.

Negotiators from the US, Europe and Japan have been meeting in Vienna to try to restore the agreement.

The talks started in April, and were aponied on June 20th. No date was set for the next round.

Iran’s President-elect Ibrahim Raisi asks the US to lift the sanctions against his country in return for complying with the agreement.

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The IAEA stated Tuesday that Iran had informed the Agency that UO2 uranium oxide enriched up to 20% U235 would be shipped to R&D (research & development) at the Fuel Fabrication Plant, Esfahan. There it would be converted into UF4 (uranium tetrafluoride), and then to uranium metallic enriched to 20% U235 before being used to make fuel.