Iran now enriching more uranium than before nuclear deal, which Trump scrapped

Iran is now enriching more uranium than Tehran did before it agreed to a nuclear deal with world powers in 2015, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says.

"We are enriching more uranium before the deal was reached ... Pressure has increased on Iran but we continue to progress," Rouhani said in a televised speech on Thursday.

Iran has gradually scaled back its commitments under the nuclear deal in retaliation for Washington's withdrawal from the pact in 2018 and its reimposition of sanctions that have crippled the country's economy.

Iran announced on January 5 it would abandon all limitations on enriching uranium set down in the pact.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson called on Tuesday for US President Donald Trump to replace Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with major powers with his own new pact to ensure Tehran does not get an atomic weapon. Tehran has gradually taken steps to reduce its compliance with the deal, which prompted Britain, France and Germany to formally accuse it on Tuesday of violating the terms.

"This Mr Prime Minister in London, I don't know how he thinks. He says let's put aside the nuclear deal and put the Trump plan in action," Rouhani said.

He repeated Iran's long-standing position that peace can come to the Middle East only when the United States withdraws.

Iran has denied any intent to acquire nuclear weapons, and says its breaches of the deal would be reversed if Washington lifts sanctions.

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