On Tuesday, the United States asserted that Iran’s enrichment of uranium to 60% serves no legitimate peaceful objective.
“No other country in the world today utilizes uranium enriched to 60% for the purposes of its claims,” US State Department’s spokesman Vedant Patel said at a press briefing.
Patel further said that he didn’t have any new information regarding discussions or negotiations concerning the nuclear matter between the US and Iran.
“I’m just not going to comment on a report that is not public yet. But I will say that we have the full confidence in the IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) and Director General Grossi, and, of course, they are a body in which we communicate with quite regularly. I’m certainly not going to speak to specifics of this case,” he added in response to a question about the IAEA’s report on Iran’s uranium enrichment.
In 2015, Iran and the permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, plus Germany (5+1), signed an agreement that oversaw and supervised Tehran’s nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief.
After the US unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018, Iran ceased to comply with its commitments a year later.
In April 2021, Iran, under a law passed by its parliament, announced its first 60% purity uranium enrichment in Natanz, a significant step toward acquiring weapons-grade uranium.
Despite concerns, Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization reiterated that its nuclear program was not military-oriented.
An intelligence report in July from the US National Intelligence Director’s Office stated that Iran had increased activities related to nuclear weapon production but had not yet pursued actual nuclear weapons production.