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World U.S.'s Pompeo says Iran's latest nuclear steps raise concern

18:00  07 november  2019
18:00  07 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

Iran announces sharp rise in enriched uranium production

  Iran announces sharp rise in enriched uranium production Iran announced Monday a more than tenfold increase in enriched uranium production following a series of steps back from commitments under a 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by the United States. The Islamic republic has also developed two new advanced centrifuges, one of which is undergoing testing, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran, announced. Enriched uranium production has reached five kilogrammes per day, Salehi told reporters at the Natanz facility in central Iran in remarks broadcast by state television.That compares with the level of 450 grams two months ago.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran's recent "nuclear escalations" raise concerns that should move all countries to increase pressure on Tehran, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pomeo said on Thursday, as Iran resumed uranium enrichment at one of its nuclear facilities.

Mike Pompeo wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo is pictured at NATO headquarters in Brussels © Reuters/POOL New FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo is pictured at NATO headquarters in Brussels

"Iran's expansion of proliferation-sensitive activities raises concerns that Iran is positioning itself to have the option of a rapid nuclear breakout," Pompeo said in a statement.

"It is now time for all nations to reject this regime's nuclear extortion and take serious steps to increase pressure. Iran’s continued and numerous nuclear provocations demand such action."

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Alex Richardson)

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