Daily Memo: Iran’s Uranium

As Tehran pledges to enrich uranium past 20 percent, Qatar makes its way to the GCC summit.

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Qatar at the GCC. Qatari Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani will lead a delegation to the Gulf Cooperation Council Summit, which kicks off Tuesday in Saudi Arabia. Just before the summit, Kuwait’s Foreign Ministry announced that air and land borders between Qatar and Saudi Arabia have been reopened. For months, Gulf states have been trying to reconcile with Qatar after their 2017 diplomatic crisis. Iran’s uranium. On Monday, Iran said it had successfully enriched uranium to 20 percent purity. A spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran later said the country can (and will) enrich uranium beyond 20 percent. This means it has exceeded the limits set in the 2015 nuclear deal, under which Tehran was allowed to refine uranium up to 3.67 percent purity. Iran is just a technical step away from reaching the 90 percent level considered weapons-grade. Not coincidentally, Saudi Arabia opened its GCC summit by saying Iran’s nuclear program is a threat to regional peace. South Korea and Iran. Also on Monday, Iran seized a South Korea-flagged chemical tanker and its crew near the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf. This comes amid tension between Tehran and Seoul over billions of dollars of […]

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