Tehran attempting to enrich uranium above 2015 deal limits

FILE – In this Sept. 11, 2018 file photo, Iran’s nuclear chief Ali Akbar Salehi speaks in an interview with The Associated Press at the headquarters of Iran’s atomic energy agency, in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)

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Iran said it’s attempting to purify its uranium fuel, which is a move that puts it at odds with the 2015 nuclear deal.

According to reports, Iran’s nuclear chief reported “preliminary activities for designing” modern fuel with a purity of 20-percent. The 2015 nuclear deal between seven countries and Tehran prohibits enriching uranium above 3.67-percent.

Officials said instead of reverse-engineering other designs, Iran can now design new fuel themselves.

“Now, we are making 20-percent fuel according to modern fuel standards — it is to some extent different from the old one and it raises the reactor’s efficiency,” stated Iran Nuclear Chief Ali Akbar Salehi. “Thanks to Allah, the initial work has begun, design-wise.”

Iran is reportedly permitted to produce nuclear fuel under certain conditions that must be approved by a joint working group.

President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the nuclear deal back in May, and restored economic sanctions against the nation.

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