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Iran reports uranium enrichment has reached 4.5%

TEHRAN: Iran says it has enriched 370 kilogrammes of uranium to a concentration of 4.5 percent, both of which would be in violation of the 2015 nuclear deal reached with global powers.
Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for Iran’s nuclear agency, made the claim to the Iranian state-backed news agency ISNA on Tuesday.
The 2015 agreement allows Iran to enrich 300 kilogrammes of uranium to a level no higher than 3.67 per cent. Iran made clear over the past few months that it would withdraw in phases from the agreement after the United States pulled out last year, reimposing tough sanctions.
European powers, who opposed the US withdrawal, have sought to convince Iran to remain in the deal. Iran has said it will begin a third withdrawal phase in September, enriching uranium as high as 20 per cent, if the nuclear deal is properly implemented.
The 2015 deal sought to prevent higher enrichment levels because the 20-per-cent material could be processed further into weapons-grade uranium very quickly. (DPA)

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