Iran Has Enriched Uranium to 27%

Diplomats share findings of confidential IAEA report
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2012 9:48 AM CDT
Iran Has Enriched Uranium to 27%
A photo from Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010 of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran.   (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

Iran was already making the world nervous with the revelation it was enriching uranium to 20% at its Fordo facility. But now the IAEA says it has found traces of uranium enriched up to 27% at Fordo, according to a confidential report to be released to IAEA board members today. That's still well below the 90% needed for nuclear weapons, but it's a step closer to that threshold, reports the AP. The diplomats who spoke to the AP about the report caution that the higher enrichment may not be intentional; it's possible technicians over-enriched it by accident as the new facility was getting started. Talks in Baghdad aimed at getting Iran to reel in its nuclear enrichment program ended without any agreement. (Read more Iran stories.)

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