Iran has recently begun producing uranium enriched to 60 percent at the Fordo underground facility.

 

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60 percent enriched uranium still is not technically weapons-grade (weapons require uranium enriched to 90 percent or higher), but having a significant stockpile of it could reduce the time Iran would need to make a bomb.

 

About the 2015 agreement

  • Under the terms of the 2015 agreement with world powers, Iran is only permitted to enrich uranium to 3.67% purity.
  • That deal gave Iran sanctions relief in return for curbs on its nuclear program to prevent the production of a weapon.
  • The deal also called for Fordo to become a research-and-development facility and restricted centrifuges there, used to spin enriched uranium into higher levels of purity, to non-nuclear uses.

 

About the Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP)

  • Fordow Fuel Enrichment Plant (FFEP) is Iran’s second pilot enrichment plant.
    • The first is the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant at Natanz.
  • It is located buried in a mountain near the city of Qom.