Iran is set to enrich uranium to never-before-seen levels, of up to 60-percent.
According to Iran's state-run Press TV,… the country's nuclear negotiator in Vienna, on Tuesday, informed the International Atomic Energy Agency about its plans to ramp up its uranium enrichment levels.
This would take Iran a step closer to reaching weapons-grade levels, and further away from complying with terms agreed in the 2015 nuclear deal.
The country has already been breaching the atomic deal, which only allows enrichment to 3.6-7-percent purity since January,… by producing uranium enriched to 20-percent.
The nuclear envoy also announced plans to add 1-thousand advanced centrifuge machines capable of speeding up the enrichment process to the recently attacked Natanz plant.
The White House has expressed concerns over Iran's decision, calling the announcement "provocative".
Iran's announcement comes after it accused Israel of attacking its main nuclear facility over the weekend.
A day after Iran threatened retaliation for Sunday's attack, an Israeli commercial vessel was attacked off the Gulf coast.
According to Israel's Channel 12,… a vessel was hit by a missile on Tuesday, with no casualties reported.
Israeli media reported that officials believe Iran is responsible for the assault.
Tensions between the two countries are expected to rise, as negotiations continue between Iran and major powers over commitment to the 2015 nuclear deal.
Choi Min-jung, Arirang News.