Iran´s Nuclear Program – level 3

08-01-2021 15:00

Iran seized a South Korean-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz, and the country also announced that it would increase its nuclear activities. In the final days of Donald Trump´s US presidency, tensions in the region are building up.

Iran is revealing details of its plans to produce a stockpile of enriched uranium for its nuclear program; however, the uranium will be used for peaceful purposes. The country restarted production a few days ago in a pushback against the US sanctions. It is the latest breaking of Iran´s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers.

Regional opponents led by Israel say that Iran wants to build nuclear weapons. Iran is enriching uranium to 20% and such a level of purification can be used for medical and energy purposes, as well as weapons. However, even if Iran gains a stockpile of 20% enriched uranium, it would still be a way from getting all the components that are required for a weapon.

Difficult words: stockpile (a supply that is stored for future use), enriched uranium (a type of uranium that has a higher concentration of isotopes than which exists in natural uranium ore), pushback (a negative reaction or response).

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