Iran announces start of enriching uranium beyond 2015 deal’s limit

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks with reporters at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran on Feb. 11, 2017. [Photo: Washington Post]
Iran has announced it will break a limit set on uranium enrichment, in breach of the landmark 2015 deal designed to curb its nuclear ambitions.

Iran’s Deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi said Iran still wanted to salvage the deal but blamed European countries for failing to live up to their own commitments.

The US unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018. It has since reimposed tight sanctions affecting the Iranian economy. The Iranian announcement marks the latest breach of the accord.

In May, Iran stepped up its production of enriched uranium, which can be used to make fuel for reactors but also for nuclear weapons.

The country has already stockpiled more enriched uranium than permitted under the terms of the deal.

Iran has strongly denied that it has any intention of building nuclear weapons.

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