IAEA: Iran has stepped up uranium enrichment

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Published on June 11, 2019 - Duration: 00:49s

IAEA: Iran has stepped up uranium enrichment

The head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog says Iran has followed through on its threat to accelerate its production of enriched uranium.

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IAEA: Iran has stepped up uranium enrichment

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Iran has followed through on a threat to accelerate its production of enriched uranium, the head of the U.N.

Atomic watchdog said on Monday (June 10), departing from his usual guarded language to say he was worried about increasing tension.

IAEA chief Yukiya Amano, whose agency is responsible for monitoring Iranian compliance with the nuclear deal, said Iran was now producing more enriched uranium than before, but it was not clear when it might reach stockpile limits set in the pact.

Recent weeks have seen U.S.-Iranian confrontation sharply increase, a year after Washington abandoned an agreement between Iran and world powers to curb Tehran's nuclear programme in exchange for the lifting of international financial sanctions.

Washington tightened sanctions from the start of May, as well as began discussing military confrontation, dispatching extra troops to the region to counter what it describes as Iranian threats.

Iran has responded with a threat to increase its enrichment of uranium, saying it was up to Europeans who still support the nuclear deal to save it by finding ways to ensure Tehran receives the economic benefits it was promised.

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