Iran begins 20% uranium enrichment amid US tensions

4th Jan

Iran begins 20% uranium enrichment amid US tensions

On Monday the state IRNA agency stated Ali Rabiei as saying that President Hassan Rouhani has given the order for the move at the Fordo facility. Spokesman of Iranian government says Tehran has begun enriching uranium up to 20 per cent at an underground facility. Iran's decision to begin enriching to 20 per cent a decade ago nearly brought an Israeli strike targeting its nuclear facilities, tensions that only abated with the 2015 atomic deal. A resumption of 20 per cent enrichment could see that brinksmanship return. This decision was taken after the president Donald Trump withdrew the US unilaterally from Iran's nuclear deal with world powers in 2018. In the time since, there have been a series of escalating incidents between the two countries.