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Iran says it has now 17 kilos of higher enriched uranium

(WJC)–The head of Iran’s nuclear program has said that his country had succeeded in enriching 17 kilos of uranium to 20-percent purity grade. Although this is still far below the over 90 percent grade required to build a nuclear weapon, Western officials believe that Iran is now moving closer to reach weapons-grade level.

Iran has been enriching uranium to a higher degree since February, from its existing 5-percent purity grade stockpile. The figure of 17 kilograms was announced by Vice-President Ali Akbar Salehi, who heads Iran’s nuclear program. “Potentially, we can produce 5 kilograms a month, but we are not in a hurry over this,” Salehi said, according to the semiofficial ISNA news agency.

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