The IAEA revealed that the Iranian regime took another step in violation of the terms of the 2015 agreement; Uranium metal is used to create the core of nuclear weapons; The Iranians continue to deny the pursuit of nuclear weapons.

This week the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the United Nation’s nuclear watchdog, revealed that the Iranians have begun the production of uranium metal. Such material is used to create the core of nuclear weapons, and the production of it means that Tehran is increasing its violations of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran nuclear deal. The ongoing series of public violations followed the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the deal in 2018.

In a statement from the IAEA, they explained that Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi broke the news to IAEA Member States regarding Tehran’s uranium metal production. They continued, “The Agency on 8 February verified 3.6 grams of uranium metal at Iran’s Fuel Plate Fabrication Plant (FPFP) in Esfahan.”

Iran continues to insist that its nuclear agenda is for research and peaceful purposes, not to obtain nuclear weapons. However, within the terms of the JCPOA, Tehran agreed to a ban on “producing or acquiring plutonium or uranium metals or their alloys” for up to 15 years.