Iran has said its stockpile of low-enriched uranium will exceed internationally agreed limits within 10 days – a move that could heighten tensions with the US.
Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for Iran’s nuclear agency, said the amount of uranium it stockpiles will now be “based on the country’s needs”.
“We have quadrupled the rate of enrichment and even increased it more recently, so that in 10 days it will bypass the 300kg limit,” he added.
Tensions in the Middle East have increased in recent months after the US and Saudi Arabia accused Tehran of orchestrating attacks on oil tankers.
The nuclear deal between the Iran, the US, the UK, France, China, Russia and Germany, called the JCPOA, reduced Iran’s stockpile of uranium by 98% to 300kg (660lbs), and said that quantity must not be exceeded until 2031.