Report: U.S. and Other Countries Agree to Give Iran 116 Tons of Uranium
According to a report from the Associated Press, six world nations recently agreed to send over a hundred tons of natural uranium to Iran.
The still-secret arrangement was made by the United States, Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany to compensate Iran for 70 tons of heavy water exported to the U.S. shortly after the Iran deal was finalized. There was also a small amount of uranium gifted to Iran then.
Natural uranium can be enriched for use in power production, but also for the use of nuclear weapons. According to one expert consulted by AP, the uranium given to Iran is enough to create ten atomic bombs. Senior diplomats say that “Tehran has not said what it would do with the uranium,” but they believe Iran could choose to store it.
“The natural uranium agreement comes at a sensitive time,” the AP notes. “With the incoming U.S. administration and many U.S. lawmakers already skeptical of how effective the nuclear deal is in keeping Iran’s nuclear program peaceful over the long term, they might view it as further evidence that Tehran is being given too many concessions.”
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