Outgoing President Rohani Warns Iran Has Ability to Enrich Uranium to Weapons-grade Purity

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
Iranian President Hassan RouhaniCredit: Iranian Presidency Office via AP

Iran could enrich uranium up to 90 percent purity if the country needed it, Iranian President Hassan Rohani said on Wednesday, amid efforts by Tehran and six world powers to revive a 2015 nuclear deal that Washington abandoned three years ago.

"Iran's Atomic Energy Organization can enrich uranium by 20 percent and 60 percent and if one day our reactor needs it, it can enrich uranium to 90 percent purity," Rohani said in a cabinet meeting, the semi-official Mehr news agency reported.

Iran's nuclear deal caps the fissile purity to which Tehran can refine uranium at 3.67 percent, well under the 20 percent achieved before the agreement and far below the 90 percent suitable for a nuclear weapon.

Iran has been breaching the deal in several ways since the United States withdrew from the agreement in 2018, including by producing 20 percent and 60 percent enriched uranium.

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