Irán anuncia violación de límite de enriquecimiento
July 8, 2019 - Irán anunció que elevará su enriquecimiento de uranio, violando otro límite de su vacilante pacto nuclear de 2015 con las potencias mundiales e intensificando las tensiones entre Teherán y Estados Unidos.
Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Abbas Araghchi, told reporters on Sunday that Iran would start enriching uranium for its Bushehr power plant to 5 percent, higher than the 3.67 percent agreed to in the deal, according to Politico’s website.
Enriched uranium at the 3.67 percent level is enough for peaceful pursuits but is far below weapons-grade levels of 90 percent. It is also well below the 20 percent level to which Iran enriched uranium before the deal.
The decision to ramp up uranium enrichment came less than a week after Iran acknowledged breaking the deal’s 300kg limit on its low-enriched uranium stockpile. Experts warn higher enrichment and a growing stockpile narrow the one-year window Iran would need to have enough material for an atomic bomb, something Iran denies it wants but the deal prevented.