Before the deadline, Iran says it could increase the uranium limit to 5%

DUBAI: A senior adviser to the supreme leader of Iran hinted that Tehran could increase its enrichment to 5%, before the deadline set for world powers to save a historic nuclear deal in 2015.

I ran The US is acting on its May 8 threat to suspend Sunday's parts of the agreement in response to the reimposition of crippling sanctions by US President Donald Trump after withdrawing from the agreement in May last year.

The accord capped I ran 's enrichment maximum at 3.67%, sufficient for power generation but far below the more than 90% level required for a nuclear weapon. Uranium enrichment “will increase as much as needed for our peaceful activities,” Ali Akbar Velayati, international affairs advisor to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said in an interview published Friday on the leader's official website.

“For Bushehr we need five percent enrichment and it is acompletely peaceful goal.” Also on Sunday, I ran ’s senior nuclear negotiator will announce more cuts in its commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal, a semi-official news agency reported.

Other officials will join the top negotiator, Abbas Araqchi, in making the announcement at a news conference at 0600 GMT, the Fars news agency reported. On May 8, I ran announced it would no longer respect the limits set on the size of its stockpiles of enriched uranium and heavy water. It has also threatened to resume building a heavy water reactor —capable of one day producing plutonium