Jan. 4 (UPI) — Iran introduced Monday it could increase uranium enrichment, shifting it to a goal objective of 20%, properly above the three.67% cap positioned within the Obama-era multinational settlement President Donald Trump walked away from in 2018.

The announcement provides to the challenges confronted by the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden weeks forward of his inauguration.

Iran agreed to the uranium enrichment limits within the Joint Complete Plan of Motion with america, Russia, China, France, Russia, Britain, and Germany. Whereas the opposite international locations have remained a part of the deal, Iran has chipped away at its restrictions because the Trump administration’s departure.

Iranian authorities spokesman Ali Rabiei stated Monday Iran has began the pre-processing stage of gasoline injection at its Fordow nuclear web site, including that the primary UF6 enriched uranium could be produced later within the day, in response to Iranian media outlet IRNA.

On Friday, Fredrik Dahl, a spokesman for the Worldwide Atomic Vitality Company, stated Iranian officers stated they may enrich uranium at 20%.

Earlier than the announcement, Iran was enriching its uranium stockpile as much as about 4.5%, simply above the settlement’s 3.67% cap. Even at 20%, it’s properly under 90% for it to be thought-about weapons-grade. Iran has lengthy denied its nuclear program was meant to make weapons.