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Iran threatens to breach nuclear deal

Iran has said it will breach internationally agreed curbs on its stock of low-enriched uranium in ten days.

In a statement issued on Monday by the office of Iran’s armed forces chief of staff, it however said European nations still had time to save the landmark nuclear deal reached with Tehran in 2015.

Expressing its concern at the announcement, Germany urged Tehran to meet all its obligations under the seven-nation accord.

Britain, another signatory to the agreement, threatened to look at “all options”, if Iran breached limits reached under the nuclear deal.

Israel, the closest non-NATO ally of the US and Iran’s archenemy, urged world powers to step up sanctions against Tehran swiftly should it exceed the enriched uranium limit.

US-Iran tensions have heightened following accusations by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that Tehran attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman, last Thursday.

Iran denies having any role in the attack on the vital oil shipping route.

In a statement denying responsibility, Iran’s Armed Forces Chief of Staff, Major General Mohammad Baqeri, said if the Islamic Republic decided to block the strategic Strait of Hormuz shipping lane it would do so publicly.

Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said on state TV that “We have quadrupled the rate of enrichment (of uranium) and even increased it more recently, so that in ten days it will bypass the 300 kg limit.”

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