May 28th, 2012
03:20 PM ET

Front Lines: Traces of uranium found in Iran

Iran has enriched uranium up to 27-percent according to a U-N nuclear watchdog agency. The IAEA says the uranium comes from a sample taken in February at the Fordo plant.

The previous highest level of enrichment had been 20-percent. Weapons grade enrichment is 90-percent.
A nuclear weapons expert told OutFront that it's very unlikely that this finding is part of a secret Iranian effort to produce a weapon.
But the news comes just a day after six nations failed to reach an agreement with Iran to cap its nuclear enrichment.

Higher level traces of uranium found in Iran

Inspectors found a high level of enriched uranium in Iran, a U.N. report said Friday, as world powers attempt to work to stop the country from developing the capacity for nuclear weapons.

The U.N.'s International Atomic Energy Agency asked Iran this month to explain the presence of particles of enrichment levels of up to 27%, found in an analysis of environmental samples taken in February at the Fordo fuel enrichment plant near the city of Qom.


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