Nuclear chief: Iran able to enrich uranium higher than pre-deal levels

The head of Iran’s Atomic Energy organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, says Iran is able technically to enrich uranium to a higher level than it could before it signed a 2015 deal designed to curb its nuclear program, Reuters quotes him as telling state media.

“Iran is not bluffing … Technically, we are fully prepared to enrich uranium higher than we used to produce before the deal was reached… I hope Trump comes to his senses and stays in the deal,” he says.

US President Donald Trump has set a May 12 deadline to decide whether to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal — something he appears likely to do despite heavy pressure to stay in from European and other parties.

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