Iran Announces Plans to Produce Uranium Metal: Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in Light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015) (GOV/INF/2021/3)

Report by the Director General
January 13, 2021

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

1. This report of the Director General to the Board of Governors and, in parallel, to the United Nations Security Council (Security Council), is on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s (Iran’s) implementation of its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on activities related to research and development (R&D) on uranium metal production. It provides an update on developments since the Director General’s previous reports.

Activities related to R&D on Uranium Metal Production

2. On 12 January 2019, Iran announced its intention to design an improved type of fuel for the Tehran Research Reactor (TRR). Information on R&D activities related to the production of such fuel was included in Iran’s update of its general plans relevant to the development of the nuclear fuel cycle, including planned nuclear fuel cycle-related R&D activities, provided to the Agency under the Additional Protocol, which was received by the Agency on 14 May 2019. According to this information, Iran planned a “feasibility study on design and construction of new type up to 20% enriched fuel for Tehran Research Reactor”.