File - In this Feb. 3, 2007 file photo, an Iranian technician works at the Uranium Conversion Facility just outside the city of Isfahan, Iran, 255 miles (410 kilometers) south of the capital Tehran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
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Iran says it has restarted production at a "major" uranium facility involved in its nuclear program, though it still pledges to follow the terms of the country's landmark atomic deal now under threat after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled America out of the accord.A PLANT REOPENSThe Atomic Energy Organization of Iran said in a statement late Wednesday it reopened a plant that converts yellowcake, a uranium powder, into uranium hexafluoride gas.Iran long has said its program is peaceful, though the West and the United Nations point to work Iran did years earlier that could be used to weaponize its program.TENSIONS OVER TRUMPSince Trump's decision to pull America from the nuclear deal, Iran has sought to pressure other nations to stick with it. Iranian officials – from Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on down – have vowed to boost the country's uranium enrichment capacity. For now, Iran remains governed by President Hassan Rouhani, a relative moderate with Iran's theocracy whose administration brokered the deal.
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