Iran ramps up uranium enrichment and seizes tanker as tensions rise with US

CNN (01/04/2021)
  • Iran recently announced that it’s resumed its uranium enrichment program, seeking 20% purity for power generation purposes.
  • It’s current uranium enrichment (4.5%) exceeds the 3.67% cap imposed by the 2015 UN Nuclear Deal.
  • 90% purity is needed for a nuclear weapon.
  • America withdrew from the agreement in 2018 (Trump) and re-imposed economic sanctions against Iran.
  • Iran also recently seized a South Korean chemical tanker for polluting the Persian Gulf.
  • These moves come one year after the US drone assassination of top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.