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Saudi condemns Iran 'deception' over nuclear programme

By AFP

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An Iranian man covers his face with a mask against pollution as he walks through a main avenue in central Tehran on November 7th. [Stringer/AFP]

The Saudi cabinet on Tuesday (November 12th) condemned what it called Iran's "deception" over its nuclear programme, after Tehran's decision to re-start atomic activities at one of its key sites.

A cabinet session chaired by King Salman expressed its "denunciation of Iran's continued deception and delays in providing the required information on its nuclear programme to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)", according to the Saudi Press Agency.

The IAEA, the UN's nuclear watchdog, said in a report Monday that uranium particles were detected at an undeclared site in Iran.

The report also confirmed that Iran has ramped up uranium enrichment, in breach of a landmark 2015 deal with international powers.

A year after the US pullout from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran began reducing its commitments to the deal hoping to win concessions from those still party to the accord.

Iran's latest measure came last week, when engineers began feeding uranium hexafluoride gas into previously deactivated enrichment centrifuges at the underground Fordow plant south of Tehran.

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