Iran confirmed on Monday that its enriched uranium stockpile had passed the 300-kilogram limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Foreign Minister Javad Zarif confirmed the news, but noted that the move announced was “reversible.”
The global nuclear watchdog agency in charge of monitoring Iran’s compliance with the agreement confirmed the breach, which is Iran’s first since the deal was implemented in October 2015.
Iran had recently quadrupled its production of low-enriched uranium to be on pace to break one of the deal’s terms, frustrated over President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. out of the 2015 agreement and impose new sanctions on Tehran.
Iran has also vowed to begin enriching its stockpile of uranium to higher levels, closer to weapons grade, later this month if world powers fail to negotiate new terms for the nuclear accord.