By Abba Gwale
International inspectors have today revealed Iran’s plans to enrich uranium up to 20% at its underground Fordo nuclear facility, according to the AP.
This is an indication that Iran is pushing its program a technical step away from weapons-grade levels, as it increases pressure on the West over its atomic deal.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) acknowledged Iran had informed its inspectors of the decision after the news leaked overnight on Friday.
The move came amidst heightened tensions between Iran and the US in the last days of President Donald Trump’s administration.
Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Tehran’s nuclear deal in 2018, which set in motion an escalating series of incidents capped by a US drone strike killing a top Iranian general in Baghdad a year ago.
An anniversary of the attack is coming on Sunday, which has American officials now worried about possible retaliation by Iran.