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Iran pushes toward nuclear capabilities

Iranian Revolutionary Guard boats escort a South Korean tanker on the Persian Gulf on Monday. Associated Press/Tasnim News Agency

Iran pushes toward nuclear capabilities

Iran seized a South Korean–flagged tanker near the Strait of Hormuz on Monday. The same day, it bumped up its uranium enrichment level at its underground Fordo facility in Tehran to 20 percent, the highest since it agreed to a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015.

Can Iran make nuclear weapons? It does not take much to alter uranium from 20 percent enriched to the 90 percent required to make weapons-grade material. The 2015 Iran nuclear deal capped enrichment at 3.67 percent. The move puts pressure on the United States and European countries to discuss changing their diplomatic response.

Dig deeper: Read Mindy Belz’s analysis of the Iranian nuclear program.

Rachel Lynn Aldrich Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.


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Iran will not be stopped from building nuclear weapons, unless Israel does something.