According to official media on Tuesday, Iran has reportedly started generating 60% pure enriched uranium at its underground Fordo nuclear project.
The move is said to be in reaction to a resolution by the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog.
The country’s nuclear program was viewed as significantly expanding due to the enhanced enrichment announced by the official news agency IRNA.
The U.N. left for Vienna. According to the nuclear watchdog International Atomic Energy Agency, the 60% enrichment at Fordo follows similar production at the Natanz plant in central Iran.
The IAEA further stated that Iran intends to develop a second production facility at Natanz and “significantly expand” its production of low-enriched uranium at Fordo.
About 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Tehran’s central city is Fordo.
One technological step separates enrichment to 60% purity from weapons-grade levels of 90%.
Iran currently possesses enough 60%-enriched uranium to reprocess into fuel for at least one nuclear weapon, nonproliferation specialists have warned in recent months.
IRNA omitted information about the volume of enriched uranium produced at Fordo.
Later on Tuesday, the three Western European nations still parties to the Iran nuclear deal, Germany, France, and Britain, issued a unified statement denouncing Iran’s most recent move to advance its nuclear program.