Iran continues to stockpile and enrich uranium, says UN

Iran has continued to increase its stockpile of low-enriched uranium and enrich it to a greater purity, far beyond the limits set in a landmark nuclear deal, the UN’s atomic watchdog agency has said.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported in a confidential document distributed to member countries and seen by The Associated Press, that as of November 2 Iran had a stockpile of 2,442.9kg of low-enriched uranium, up from 2,105.4kg reported on August 25.

The nuclear deal signed in 2015 with the the UK, the United States, Germany, France, China and Russia, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) allows Iran only to keep a stockpile of 202.8kg.

The IAEA reported that Iran has also been continuing to enrich uranium to a purity of up to 4.5%, higher than the 3.67% allowed under the deal.

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Five dead after boat carrying migrants to Europe falls apart

Five people died after a Europe-bound rubber boat carrying 116 migrants and asylum-seekers fell apart in the central Mediterranean Sea, a Spanish humanitarian group said.

The Open Arms rescue ship had been searching for the boat in distress for hours before finally locating it on Wednesday morning in international waters north of Libya.

The NGO had just finished distributing life vests and masks to the passengers to begin transferring them to safety when the flimsy boat split in two, throwing them into cold waters.

Rescuers pulled out 111 people, including two infants, alive and recovered five bodies.

Open Arms spokesperson Laura Lanuza said the NGO has asked Italian and Maltese maritime authorities for the immediate evacuation of six people in serious condition, including two babies and their mothers and a pregnant woman.

Ms Lanuza said the NGO had already rescued 88 migrants the night before and was headed to a third distress call.

Wednesday’s shipwreck was the second recorded this week in waters north of Libya, a key transit point for migrants from Africa and the Middle East.

On Tuesday another 13 migrants died, including a child, the UN said.

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