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Iran boosts uranium enrichment after attack on Natanz plant


Iran announced it would begin enriching uranium to a level of 60 percent purity, three times the current level and much closer to that needed to make a bomb, a move that appeared to be in retaliation for an Israeli attack that knocked the Natanz plant offline.

The deputy foreign minister, Seyed Abbas Araghchi, also announced that the country would replace several thousand centrifuges damaged in the attack and add 1,000 more, increasing the plant’s capacity by 50 percent.

However, Mr. Araghchi is in Vienna this week for indirect talks with the U.S. meant to restore the nuclear deal, which could be undermined by the attack or by Iran’s announcement.

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