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Nuclear chief says Iran exploring new uranium enrichment

AP  |  Tehran 

The of Iran's nuclear program said the Islamic Republic has begun "preliminary activities for designing" a modern process for 20-percent uranium enrichment for its 50-year-old research reactor in Tehran, signalling new danger for the nuclear deal.

The comment on state television Sunday from increases the pressure on the international community as 20-percent enrichment would mean has abandoned the terms of the 2015 atomic accord.

already pulled out of the accord in May and resumed sanctions on So far, inspectors say continues to comply with the deal's terms, which limits enrichment to 3.5 percent.

Salehi said "we are at the verge" of being ready, without elaborating in his remarks.

The US donated the reactor to in 1967.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 22:00 IST