May 15, 2018 / 1:31 PM / 7 days ago

Iran says EU should make up for U.S. withdrawal from nuclear deal - state TV

LONDON (Reuters) - Iran’s nuclear chief said on Tuesday that the European Union should make up for the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal or Tehran would ramp up its nuclear programme to a level more advanced than before the accord.

FILE PHOTO: Head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organization Ali Akbar Salehi attends the lecture "Iran after the agreement: Hopes & Concerns" in Vienna, Austria, September 28, 2016. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/File Photo

“The European signatories should make up for the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA (the nuclear deal) and guarantee our rights ... If they cannot do that, we are ready to take our nuclear programme to a level stronger than before the JCPOA,” the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, Ali Akbar Salehi, said in an interview on state television

Reporting by Bozorgmehr Sharafedin; Editing by Alison Williams

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