That’s the upshot of the latest report from the IAEA:
Iran has neutralized most of its stockpile of higher-grade enriched uranium that could be turned quickly into the core of a nuclear weapon, the U.N. nuclear agency said Friday, leaving the country with only about a fifth of what it would need for such a purpose. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a in a quarterly report that Iran now has less than 90 pounds of the material. The report also said Tehran was meeting all other obligations under an agreement reached four months ago in Geneva that serves as a prelude to a comprehensive deal now being negotiated.
I wonder why that isn’t front-page news: an obvious sign that diplomacy has worked so far with a previously unmovable regime, and a promising basis for a broader, bigger agreement. On that front, George Perkovich, director of Carnegie’s Nuclear Policy program, nonetheless doubts an agreement will be in hand by July 20. What then?