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Iran preparing to enrich uranium to weapons-grade soon, Israel said to warn US

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Israel has been sharing intelligence with the United States showing that Iran is preparing to enrich uranium to weapons-grade 90 percent purity, according to a report Monday.

The preparations could enable Tehran to reach weapons-grade level within just a few weeks, Axios reported, citing two US sources briefed on the matter. Israeli analysts have reportedly warned the US that Iran could make such a decision soon, in order to influence the nuclear talks with world powers, which restarted in Vienna on Monday months after they were suspended.

Iran is currently enriching uranium to 60% purity, already far exceeding the cap set in the 2015 nuclear deal. There is no civilian use for 90% enriched uranium.

In public comments on Monday, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said that Israeli defense officials were sharing intelligence with allies “indicating Iran is continuing to rush toward a nuclear” bomb ahead of the resumption........

© The Times of Israel

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