Iran Breaches Key Uranium Enrichment Limit in Nuclear Deal

July 8, 2019


John Gambrell


Associated Press

Iran has begun enriching uranium to 4.5%, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed. This step is a violation of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which limits uranium enrichment to 3.67%. This move comes days after Iran exceeded the 300 kilogram limit on its low-enriched uranium stockpile. Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi acknowledged the increase and hinted that Iran is considering a further step of 20% enrichment as well as using additional centrifuges, which would also violate the JCPOA.