Over the weekend, Iran began enriching uranium at the formerly secret Fordow nuclear facility, according to press reports. The enrichment program, which aims to enrich uranium to the 20 percent uranium-235 level, was moved from Iran's other enrichment facility at Natanz. Iran claims it needs uranium enriched to this higher level to fuel a research reactor in Tehran that produces medical isotopes. While Iranian officials claim the Fordow facility will only enrich uranium to the 20 percent level, the startup of this facility will be a significant step toward Iranian efforts to produce weapons-grade nuclear fuel.
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