It is expected that criticism from the United States and other countries will increase as Iran has embarked on research and development for the production of "metal uranium," which may be used as a material for nuclear weapons.
The Iranian government has indicated its willingness to accelerate nuclear development this month, including revealing that it has begun production of 20% enriched uranium at its nuclear facility in Central Foldu.
Under these circumstances, the IAEA = International Atomic Energy Agency notified NHK on the 13th that Iran has embarked on research and development for the production of "metal uranium" at the nuclear facility in central Isfahan and installed related equipment. I made it clear that I had done it.
Iran's Ambassador to Galib Abadi, who is stationed in Vienna, explained on Twitter that it was to be used as nuclear fuel for an experimental reactor in Tehran, the capital of Iran, which is said to be a peaceful use.
However, if highly enriched uranium is processed to produce "metal uranium," it may be used as a material for nuclear weapons, so even under the nuclear agreement, production and research and development are prohibited for a certain period of time. It seems to be a violation of the new nuclear agreement.
Iran, which seeks to lift sanctions, seems to be aiming to shake the next administration of Biden in the United States, but it is expected that criticism from the United States and European countries will increase against Iran, which is strengthening its stance to promote nuclear development.