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Iran admits having 210 kilograms of 20% enriched uranium

Iran said Friday that its stockpile of 20% enriched uranium has reached 210 kilograms (463 pounds).

Iran’s semi-official Tasnim and Fars news agencies quoted a spokesman for the country’s atomic agency, Behrouz Kamalvandi, who said the quantity is larger than the 120 kilograms at 20% set by parliament to be produced.

Kamalvandi added that the agency produced 25 kilograms of 60% enriched uranium -- a level only countries with nuclear weapons can produce.

Uranium enriched to 90% can be used to develop a nuclear weapon but Iran has repeatedly said its program is for civil purposes.

Under the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers, Tehran was allowed to enrich uranium to a level not exceeding 3.67%.

In January, a spokesman for Iran's atomic agency said the country was reviewing the need to increase uranium enrichment to a level greater than 20% and stressed Tehran has the capability to enrich uranium to a level that could reach 90%.


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