Iran has the capacity to enrich uranium indefinitely, according to the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization. According to the organization, the authorities only have to give permission to scale up the enrichment.

The country has already indicated that it has won more than 1,200 kilos of uranium and that this will soon be enriched. In November 2019, Iran had already put into use 60 new nuclear centrifuges for this enrichment. With this, the country violated the 2015 nuclear deal. At the beginning of January, Iran officially left the agreement.

After leaving the deal, the government said it would still have nuclear activities controlled by the International Atomic Society. The country says it is prepared to resume the deal if sanctions against Iran are lifted and Iranian interests are guaranteed.

Those sanctions were imposed by US President Donald Trump, who withdrew from the agreement almost two years earlier. The European Union and allies, among others, tried in vain to save the deal.

The agreement was concluded in 2015 between Iran and the six world powers US, China, Russia, France, Great Britain and Germany.

Tensions between Iran and the United States have since risen sharply. For example, the US killed the Iranian top general Qassem Soleimani in a drone attack at the airport of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. In revenge, Iran attacked an army base in Iraq where American soldiers are stationed.

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