Reports from Bloomberg that IAEA inspectors discovered 84% enriched uranium in Iran have exacerbated tensions over the country’s controversial nuclear program. If accurate, this means Iran is within touching distance of weapons-grade 90%-enriched uranium – a development the international community has spent years attempting to prevent. Under the effectively defunct JCPOA agreement, Iran agreed to cap enrichment at 3.67%.

The IAEA has not denied the 19 February report, stating instead “that the IAEA is discussing with Iran the results of recent agency verification activities.” (CONTINUED - 255 WORDS)