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

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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

By Reuters 

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.

“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