What does this mean?
Iran expects to produce uranium enriched to 60 percent purity next week, as confirmed by Kazem Gharibabadi, its ambassador to the United Nations (UN) nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Iran’s uranium enrichment programme could mean the country is on its way to building an arsenal of nuclear weapons.
Raw uranium has to be enriched to a purity of about 90 percent of its volatile Uranium-235 isotopes in order to be used in the forming of a modern atomic weapon.
However, 60 percent purity is more than enough to make a so-called dirty bomb, which can disperse radioactive material without actually causing a thermonuclear explosion.
Iranian officials have said the 60 percent enriched uranium would be used to produce Molybdenum, which is normally applied medically.
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