Iran breaches enriched uranium stockpile limits
Iran has exceeded the limit on the amount of enriched uranium in its stockpile set out in the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said, defying a warning by European co-signatories to stick to the deal despite US sanctions.
Zarif confirmed that Tehran’s stockpile has surpassed the 300kg limit, according to an anonymous “informed source”.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that its inspectors were verifying whether Iran had accumulated more enriched uranium than allowed.
Iran’s government said in late June that it would start breaching parts of the agreement in protest at US sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy.
The move comes amid escalating tensions in the region, with President Donald Trump last week saying he had been close to launching a strike on Iran after its forces shot down a US surveillance drone in the Strait of Hormuz.
The US Air Force said Friday that it had deployed its most advanced fighter jet, the F-22 Raptor, to the region for the first time to “defend American forces and interests.”