Nuke deal one step closer to collapse

World News

September 5, 2019 - 10:22 AM

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran was poised today to begin work on advanced centrifuges that will enrich uranium faster as the 2015 nuclear deal unravels further and a last-minute French proposal offering a $15-billion line of credit to compensate Iran for not being able to sell its crude oil abroad because of U.S. sanctions looked increasingly unlikely.

Meanwhile, Iran released seven crew members from a detained British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero in a goodwill gesture and the mariners flew out of Iran, the ship’s owner said.

Though Iran has yet to say what steps it will take as a deadline it gave Europeans to salvage the deal is to expire Friday. Centrifuges that speed enrichment further shorten the time Iran needs to have enough material available to build a nuclear weapon — if it chose to do so.

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