As things heat up between the United States and Iran, the terrorist state has increased its production of low-grade uranium by a factor of four. The number of centrifuges has not been increased and neither has the level to which Iran is enriching the uranium.
Behrouz Kamalvandi, an official at Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, said in comments reported by Bloomberg, that the output of 3.67% enriched uranium was being increased but that uranium was not being enriched above the level agreed to under Barack Obama’s nuclear deal.
Iran had previously announced that it would gradually withdraw from the agreement. The country is experiencing an economic crisis that is partly due to the imposition of US sanctions. The announcement was followed by attacks on four ships in the Persian Gulf and a drone attack on a Saudi pipeline. The attacks are widely believed to be the responsibility of Iran.
Both sides have said that they don’t want war, but are ratcheting up readiness. The US ordered a carrier battle group and B-52 bombers to the region last week and removed nonessential staff from Iraq.
Iran’s announcement does not mean that the country is producing the highly-enriched uranium that is necessary for a nuclear weapon, but increased production of lower-grade uranium could be used to increase the country’s stockpiles. The uranium could ultimately be refined to higher grade suitable for weapons.