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TEHRAN The head of Iran’s nu­clear pro­gram said Sun­day that the Is­lamic Repub­lic has be­gun “pre­lim­i­nary ac­tiv­i­ties for de­sign­ing” a modern process for 20-per cent ura­nium en­rich­ment for its 50-year-old re­search re­ac­tor in Tehran, sig­nalling new dan­ger for the nu­clear deal.

Restart­ing en­rich­ment at that level would mean Iran had with­drawn the 2015 nu­clear deal it struck with world pow­ers, an ac­cord that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump al­ready pulled Amer­ica out of in May.

How­ever, Ali Ak­bar Salehi’s com­ments to state tele­vi­sion ap­peared aimed at telling the world Iran would slowly restart its pro­gram.

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