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Iran says it will increase uranium enrichment as nuclear deal unravels

Iran said on Sunday it would begin enriching uranium past the level agreed in a rapidly disintegrating 2015 nuclear deal. “In a few hours the technical process will come to an end and the enrichment beyond 3.67% will begin,” said Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organisation, in a news conference broadcast live. In May, exactly a year after the United States announced its withdrawal from the deal, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced Tehran’s intentions to step up its production of enriched uranium past the limits agreed in the deal. The breach was confirmed a week ago when Iran said it had passed the 300kg cap on its enriched uranium stockpile. The latest development will see Iran begin enriching uranium past the 3.67% fissile material limit agreed in the 2015 pact. Mr Kamalvandi said the move was intended for the enrichment of uranium for use in its Bushehr power plant, to the level of 5%. “We are fully prepared to enrich uranium at any level and with any amount,” he said. Before the deal, Iran was enriching uranium to 20%, still significantly below the approximately 90% required for the manufacture of nuclear weapons. During the conference, senior Iranian officials

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