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REPORT: Iran Says It Has ‘Doubled’ Uranium Enrichment Stockpile as Talks with West Loom

Leaders in Iran claimed this week to have “doubled” their uranium enrichment stockpile as the Islamic Republic prepares for new negotiations with the United States and Western allies over its nuclear program.

“We have more than 210 kilograms [about 463 pounds] of uranium enriched to 20%, and we’ve produced 25 kilos [about 55 pounds] at 60%, a level that no country apart from those with nuclear arms are able to produce,” Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said Wednesday.

“The announcement of the increase in uranium comes as Iran has agreed to resume talks on Nov. 29 in Vienna to restart the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly called the Iran nuclear deal,” reports The Hill.

Talks between Iran and the U.S. will resume Nov. 29. The two nations have not officially discussed Tehran’s nuclear program since Donald Trump withdrew from the Iranian Nuclear Agreement in 2018.

“This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” Trump said of the deal, originally signed by his predecessor Barack Obama in 2015. “It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.”

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