Iran’s Nuclear Enrichment Activity Still High, According to IAEA Chief

The UN’s nuclear watchdog chief, Rafael Grossi, expressed concern over Iran’s continued enrichment of uranium to 60% purity, which is not necessary for commercial use. Grossi stated that while the pace of enrichment had slowed, Iran was still enriching at an elevated rate, and it had breached nuclear restrictions after the US withdrawal from the 2015 agreement. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported an increase in the rate of enrichment and has expressed concern about Iran’s rhetoric regarding nuclear weapons. Grossi also mentioned the current circumstances in the Middle East and the need for Iran to work with the international community. Before visiting Tehran, Grossi plans to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin to discuss Iran and the Middle East. Additionally, Grossi expressed concerns about the situation at the Russian-occupied Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant in Ukraine and the reluctance to sanction Russia’s state-owned nuclear firm, Rosatom.