Iran Elects Moderate(ish) President. Will it change anything?
The latest report from the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog shows that Iran is thus far following the terms of the interim deal signed between Tehran and the international community last fall, reducing stockpiles of enriched uranium and granting unprecedented access.
According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which has released quarterly reports on the status of Iran’s nuclear program since 2003, Iran is holding up to the terms of the interim agreement signed off on last November. Under the Joint Plan of Action, Iran agreed to halt the processing of uranium to 20 percent enrichment and convert its present stockpile of nuclear fuel enriched to that level into a form unable to be processed further.
Now enrichment of uranium hexafloride (UF6) above 5 percent enrichment is “no longer taking place” at Iran’s facilities, the report concludes. “The amount of nuclear material that remains in the form of UF6 enriched up to 20% U-235 is 160.6 kg,” it says, not just a reduction from the amount detailed in November but the most significant in the last four years. “A proportion of this material is being downblended and the remainder is being converted to uranium oxide.”