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IN NEW BREACH OF NUCLEAR DEAL, IRAN WORKS ON URANIUM METAL-BASED FUEL

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VIENNA Iran has started work on uranium metal-based fuel for a research reactor, the un nuclear watchdog and Tehran said on Wednesday, in the latest breach of its nuclear deal with six major powers as the country presses for a lifting of u.s. sanctions.

Iran has been accelerati­ng its breaches of the deal in the past two months. Some of those steps were required by a law passed in response to the killing of its top nuclear scientist in November, which Tehran has blamed on its arch-foe Israel.

They are also, however, part of a process started by Tehran in 2019 of committing breaches in response to u.s. President donald Trump’s 2018 withdrawal from the deal and his reimpositi­on of u.s. sanctions that the deal lifted in exchange for restrictio­ns on Iran’s nuclear activities.

The moves raise pressure on president-elect Joe Biden, who takes office next week.

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