10 things you need to know today: July 7, 2019

Tehran announces it will begin increasing uranium enrichment, U.S., Netherlands brace for Women's World Cup final, and more

Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi, government spokesman Ali Rabiei, and Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi
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1. Tehran announces it will begin increasing uranium enrichment beyond deal's limits

Iran announced on Sunday that it will increase its uranium enrichment beyond limits set by the 2015 nuclear pact amid growing tensions between Tehran and Washington. Abbas Araghchi, Iran's deputy foreign minister, said Iran wanted to salvage the deal, but blamed the European signatories, whom Tehran had previous allotted 60 days to come up with new terms, for failing to live up to their own commitments. Iran says that while it will enrich its uranium beyond the pact's 3.67 percent threshold, the country has no intention of building nuclear weapons. Weapons-grade uranium is 90 percent enriched or more. Diplomacy likely still remains an option, however. On Saturday French President Emmanuel Macron told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that he is trying to resume dialogue between Iran and its Western partners by July 15.

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