Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Presidency of Iran/Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said his country will start enriching uranium to "any amount we want" on July 7, reports AP.

"Our advice to Europe and the United States is to go back to logic and to the negotiating table. Go back to understanding, to respecting the laws and resolutions of the U.N. Security Council. Under those conditions, all of us can abide by the nuclear deal."

The big picture: Iran is trying to pressure European countries to find a way around the economic sanctions imposed by the U.S.

  • Iran still needs a year before they can enrich enough uranium for nuclear weapons, according to AP.
  • The 2015 nuclear deal fell apart after President Trump withdrew the U.S. in 2018 after wanting to impose tougher restrictions. The deal bars Iran from enriching uranium past 3.67% — the amount needed for power plants, but nowhere near the 90% required for nuclear weapons, per AP.

Worth noting: Iranian officials have previously said they won't develop the weapons, reports the New York Times.

Background: Many European nations still support the deal, and Rouhani previously told them in May they had 60 days to come up with an alternative that would help relieve some of the pressures of the U.S. sanctions.

Go deeper: How Trump and Tehran came to the brink of war

Go deeper

Updated 22 mins ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 19,193,661 — Total deaths: 716,735 — Total recoveries — 11,611,029Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 4 p.m. ET: 4,918,927 — Total deaths: 160,737 — Total recoveries: 1,598,624 — Total tests: 59,652,675Map.
  3. Politics: White House recommends Trump issue executive orders on coronavirus aid.
  4. Education: Cuomo says all New York schools can reopen for in-person learning.
  5. Public health: Surgeon general urges flu shots to prevent "double whammy" with coronavirus — Massachusetts pauses reopening after uptick in coronavirus cases
  6. World: Africa records over 1 million coronavirus cases — Gates Foundation puts $150 million behind coronavirus vaccine production.

Trump: "We are going a different way" on coronavirus aid

President Trump. Photo: Jim Watsonn/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Friday that his administration is "going a different way" with coronavirus aid after negotiations with congressional Democrats stalled again, suggesting he will use an executive order to address stimulus spending.

What he's saying: "Pelosi and Schumer only interested in Bailout Money for poorly run Democrat cities and states. Nothing to do with China Virus! Want one trillion dollars. No interest. We are going a different way!" Trump tweeted.

Trump's swift, sweeping China offensive

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

President Trump's rhetoric on China has tended to run hotter than his actions — until now.

Why it matters: Even at the height of Trump's trade war, his administration never hit China as hard, as fast, and on as many fronts as it is right now.