Iran halts higher-grade uranium enrichment under nuclear deal

International inspectors witness the stopping of 20% uranium enrichment

Iran has halted its most sensitive uranium enrichment work as part of a landmark deal struck with world powers, state television said.

The broadcast said Iran had stopped enriching uranium to 20% – which is just steps away from being capable of producing fuel for an atom bomb – by cutting the link that feeds the cascades enriching uranium in Natanz.

“Voluntarily halting the production of 20% uranium enrichment is the major measure that we are undertaking on Monday by noon,” Ali Akbar Salehi, Iran’s nuclear chief told the official IRNA news agency, referring to a nuclear deal agreed in November between Iran and world powers.

State media reports said international inspectors were present on Monday when Iran began implementing its obligations under the historic deal reached in Geneva on 24 November.

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