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Iran threatened on Monday to restart its centrifuges and ramp up enrichment of uranium to 20% purity, in a move to distance itself from the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal following the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions. Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, announced that his country had enriched uranium beyond the 2015 deal's limit of 3.67% purity, passing 4.5%, according to news agency ISNA. The U.N. nuclear agency IAEA also verified Iran's enrichment level was beyond 3.67%. Iran has said it will take another, third step away from the deal within 60 days.


The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthi movement in Yemen said on Monday that it had intercepted and destroyed a drone launched by the Houthi against civilian targets in Saudi Arabia. “The drone has not achieved its targets,” a coalition statement said. The Houthi movement, which is alleged to be supported by Iran, said on Monday that it carried out drone attacks on Saudi Arabia's Abha airport and Tihama power station.