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Iran starts 20 per cent uranium enrichment, seizes oil tanker in strait – Sydney Morning Herald

Iran has begun enriching uranium up to 20 per cent at an underground facility and seized a South Korean-flagged oil tanker in the crucial Strait of Hormuz.



Irans decision to begin enriching to 20 per cent purity a decade ago nearly triggered an Israeli strike targeting its nuclear facilities, tensions that only abated with the 2015 atomic deal. A resumption of 20 per cent enrichment could see that brinksmanship return as that level of purity is only a technical step away from weapons-grade levels of 90 per cent.
From Israel, which has its own undeclared nuclear weapons program, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu criticised Irans enrichment decision,…

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