Morning news brief: IAEA warns against Iran, 2 killed in US shooting, and more

WION Web Team
New DelhiUpdated: Oct 26, 2021, 09:20 AM IST

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The International Atomic Energy Agency has warned against Iranian expansion of uranium beyond the highly enriched threshold of 20 per cent purity. The UN nuclear watchdog said it will ''increase the frequency and intensity of its safeguards activities'' at the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran.

Earlier, Iran was already enriching its uranium to 60 per cent at the Pilot Fuel Enrichment Plant (PFEP). The 20 per cent addition will push it closer to the weapons-grade category which lies at 90 per cent.

According to local reports, both the FBI and ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) are assisting in the investigation. Authorities closed the roads leading to the mall following the shooting.Mass shootings are a recurrent problem in the US and the experts have attributed the rise in such incidents owing to relatively lax gun laws.

The US State Department said on Monday that it is withholding $700 million in emergency financing for Sudan in reaction to the continuing military coup attempt in the nation. The putsch was criticised by spokesman Ned Price, who also announced that the disbursement of the full assistance package will be halted because the money were "designed to promote the country's democratic transition." 

Taliban’s regime in Afghanistan has been longing for international support or recognition of any sorts for a long time.  A report in the Financial Times claiming that the European Union is looking to restart its political activities in a limited way in Kabul seems to have come as a sigh of relief in the government of war-torn country.    

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