Media reports citing the IAEA’s quarterly Iran report ahead of its publication indicated that “Iran as of 25 August had stockpiled 2,105.4kg of low-enriched uranium, up from 1,571.6kg… Iran has also been continuing to enrich uranium to a purity of up to 4.5 per cent”. Referring to the IAEA’s concerns over two locations in Iran to which Tehran had on 26 August agreed to provide access, the agency indicated that “inspectors had already visited one site and would visit the other this month”. On September 6, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran’s (AEOI) spokesperson reported that “we are in possession of over three tons of enriched uranium and… we produce 250kg to 300kg of enriched uranium in a month which is equal to the country’s monthly production before the nuclear deal”. He added that “the IR-6, IR-8 and IR-9 centrifuges are being well tested and we are currently in the process of completing research… if decided, it will be possible to industrially produce these machines”. U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo subsequently declared that “the E3 and other nations must wake up to the reality that the nuclear deal is history and should join us in imposing strong sanctions. Pressure and comprehensive talks are the only path forward”.
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