Iran's uranium stockpile grows before deadline for nuclear deal, say UN inspectors

By REUTERS
November 8, 2014 11:45

VIENNA - Iran's stockpile of low-enriched uranium gas has grown by 8 percent to nearly 8.4 tons in about two months, UN atomic inspectors say, an amount world powers probably will want to see cut under any nuclear deal with Tehran.

The International Atomic Energy Agency issued a confidential report on Iran to IAEA member states on Friday, less than three weeks before a Nov. 24 deadline for Iran and six world powers to resolve their stand-off over Tehran's atomic activities.

Iran's holding of refined uranium gas is one of the factors that could determine how much time it would need for any attempt to assemble nuclear weapons. Iran says it has no such goal but the West wants verifiable action by the Islamic Republic to make sure it cannot produce an atomic bomb any time soon.


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