above and beyond
July 8, 2019

Iran has announced it has enriched uranium past the limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal.

A spokesperson for the country's atomic energy agency on Monday said that Iran has gone past the 3.67 percent enrichment limit and is now above 4.5 percent, The New York Times reports. This is not close to the 90 percent that would be required to produce nuclear weapons, The Washington Post notes, but Iran's spokesperson says the country now has "no limitations or obstacles" if it wanted to go as high as 20 percent.

This came after an aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said over the weekend that Iran was prepared to breach this limit as it seeks new terms from European countries and after President Trump imposed sanctions on the country.

Trump, who withdrew the United States from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, on Sunday responded to news that Iran was prepared to exceed this enrichment limit, saying per CNN, "Iran better be careful. Because you enrich for one reason and I won't tell you what the reason is. But it's no good. They better be careful." Brendan Morrow

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