Iran's response to 84 percent purity uranium enrichment

2023-02-24 16:06:09 | Son Güncelleme : 2023-02-24 16:16:13

It was claimed that Iran enriched 84 percent pure uranium. Iranian state television made a defense against this accusation on Friday. This level of enrichment was explained as a side effect of reaching a product with 60 percent purity.

Iran's response to 84 percent purity uranium enrichment
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Iranian state television on Friday offered an extended defense against an accusation attributed to international inspectors that it enriched uranium to 84 percent purity, with an official calling it part of a “conspiracy” against Tehran amid tensions over its nuclear program.

The comments by Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for Iran’s civilian nuclear program, sought to portray any detection of uranium particles enriched to that level as a momentary side effect of trying to reach a finished product of 60 percent purity — which Tehran already has announced producing.


However, uranium at 84 percent is at nearly weapons-grade levels of 90 percent — meaning any stockpile of that material could be quickly used to produce an atomic bomb if Iran chooses.

Tehran long has insisted its program is for peaceful purposes, though the International Atomic Energy Agency, Western intelligence agencies and nonproliferation experts say Iran pursued a secret nuclear weapons program up until 2003.

The allegation IAEA inspectors found 84 percent enriched uranium threatens to further escalate tensions between Iran and the West. Already, Israel’s recently reinstalled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has threatened military actions against Tehran.


Bloomberg first reported Sunday that inspectors had detected uranium particles enriched up to 84 percent.

The IAEA, a United Nations agency based in Vienna, has not denied the report, saying only “that the IAEA is discussing with Iran the results of recent agency verification activities.”

In an interview Friday with Iranian state television’s English-language arm, Press TV, Kamalvandi dismissed what inspectors may have found as “a particle of an atom that cannot be seen even under a microscope.” He described Iran’s uranium centrifuge cascades as producing particles at varying purity that later form a final product of 60 percent.


“It doesn’t matter because the end product is what matters,” Kamalvandi said. “If we really want to enrich 20 percent more, we will announce it very easily. So it is clear that there is a conspiracy here.”

Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal limited Tehran’s uranium enrichment to 3.67 percent — enough to fuel a nuclear power plant. The US unilaterally withdrew from the accord in 2018. Since then, a shadow war between Israel and Iran has erupted across the wider Middle East.