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
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)

(Newser) – 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.

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