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Rouhani says Iran will enrich uranium to "any amount we want"

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
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 breaches uranium limits of 2015 nuclear deal

Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif and president Hassan Rouhani
Iran's foreign minister Javad Zarif and president Hassan Rouhani. Photo: Iranian Presidency/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says his country's stockpile of low enriched uranium has crossed 300 kilograms — the maximum amount it is allowed to hold under the 2015 nuclear deal.

Why it matters: This is the first time Iran has deliberately violated the 2015 deal.