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Iran Confirms Breaking Limit On Enriched Uranium Stockpile

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and head of Iran's nuclear technology organisation Ali Akbar Salehi (2-R) visit a nuclear facility during the National Nuclear Technology Day in Tehran, April 9, 2019

The stockpile of Iran's low-enriched uranium has passed the limit set by the 2015 nuclear agreement between Tehran and world powers, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has confirmed, according to ISNA.

The Vienna based IAEA has also confirmed that Iran has surpassed the 300 kg limit set by the JCPOA for low-enriched uranium.

Yukiya Amano has informed the IAEA board of governors July 1.

The terms of the accord limit the enrichment and stockpiles of Iran's uranium, and reduces the country’s nuclear capabilities in return for relief from international sanctions.

But the United States unilaterally abandoned the pact in May 2018 and later reimposed sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the deal.

Iranian officials have complained that the remaining parties to the deal – Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia -- had failed to mitigate the effects on the country’s economy of the U.S. sanctions, and warned that Tehran is on track to pass the low enriched-uranium limit set under its pact.

Enriched uranium is used to make reactor fuel and potentially nuclear weapons.

The 2015 agreement aimed at heading off any pathway to developing a nuclear bomb. Tehran has said its nuclear program was strictly for civilian energy purposes.

Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa