Below ‘Red Line’
Iran’s stock of medium-enriched 20-percent uranium gas is closely watched by Israel and the West. Israel has threatened to attack the country’s nuclear sites if Iran amasses enough of the material - a short technical step from weapons-grade - to make a bomb.
Iran began producing 20-percent enriched uranium in 2010, and has reportedly produced 240-250 kg, which is normally needed for one nuclear weapon. But by converting some of the enriched uranium into reactor fuel, an irreversible step, Iran has kept the volume of medium enriched uranium below the so-called “red line” level.
The IAEA has reported that Iran might have stepped up this conversion process in recent months. (Reuters, 19 August)