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Iran abandons nuclear deal over US killing general

The announcement was made on Iranian state TV regarding the 2015 deal.
Credit: AP
Iranian lawmakers chant anti-American and anti-Israeli slogans to protest against the U.S. killing of Iranian top general Qassem Soleimani, at the start of an open session of parliament in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. (Mohammad Hassanzadeh/Tasnim News Agency via AP)

Iranian state television reports that the country will no longer abide by any of the limits of its 2015 nuclear deal. 

The announcement came Sunday night after another Iranian official said it would consider taking even-harsher steps over the U.S. killing of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani on Friday in Baghdad.State TV cited a statement by Iranian presidents administration saying the country will not observe limitations on its enrichment, the amount of stockpiled enriched uranium as well as research and development in its nuclear activities. 

It did not elaborate on what levels it would immediately reach in its program. The International Atomic Energy Agency, the United Nations watchdog observing Iran's program, could not be immediately reach for comment.

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