July 8, 2019 / 11:49 AM / 11 days ago

U.N. nuclear agency says still verifying Iran enrichment announcement

FILE PHOTO: International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) headquarters is pictured in Vienna, Austria June 20, 2019. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. atomic watchdog policing Iran’s nuclear deal with major powers is still verifying Iran’s announcement that it has enriched uranium beyond the maximum purity allowed under the deal, the agency said on Monday.

“We are aware of Iran’s announcement related to its uranium enrichment level. We are in the process of verifying this development,” a spokesman for the International Atomic Energy Agency said, a day after the IAEA said its inspectors would report back as soon as they had verified it.

Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Catherine Evans

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