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Iran is to inform the United Nations nuclear watchdog in Vienna today that it plans to start the process to increase the country's uranium enrichment capacity.

Iran's Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei earlier tweeted that Tehran is beginning to make the preparations to increase uranium enrichment capacity within the framework of the JCPOA.

According to Israeli Radio, Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz warned Tehran that if it did not bow to USA demands regarding its nuclear-energy program, a coalition - including Israel and western and Arab countries - could be drawn up to confront it.

European firms, especially those from France and Germany, rushed to invest in Iran following the 2015 accord, under which Tehran agreed to freeze its nuclear program in return for an end to punishing global sanctions.

European governments have been scrambling to protect their businesses from renewed USA sanctions in order to keep Iran in the deal.

Under the 2015 agreement, Iran can only enrich uranium to 3.67%.

"However, at this particularly critical juncture, they will not contribute to build confidence in the nature of the Iranian nuclear programme", Maja Kocijancic, spokeswoman for European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini, told AFP.

Khamenei said the accord could only continue if the Europeans fulfill six conditions, including: promising not to question Iran over its ballistic missile program or its regional activities; guaranteeing that Iran's oil will continue to be sold and compensating for any losses and buying any remaining stock; and having European banks guarantee financial transactions with Iran.

The European powers share those concerns but say that the accord, also negotiated with China and Russian Federation, is the best way to prevent Tehran developing a nuclear weapons capability.

If it chooses to abandon the deal, it has stated it could "within days" return to enrichment of 20% - still within the limits of civilian use but allowing for a much quicker jump to military-grade levels of around 90%. The Trump administration has said it will apply severe sanctions on Iran by the end of the year, including penalties against companies that trade with the country.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now visiting Europe to meet with the leaders of Germany, France and U.K.to try to persuade them to take a hardline stance against Iran. Iran will announce that the process of increasing the capacity to produce...

Like Trump, Netanyahu has been a fierce critic of the deal, saying the agreement left Iran with the potential to quickly develop a nuclear weapon when the terms expire.

Supporters also fear the reimposition of USA sanctions could hit European firms that have done business with Iran since the accord was signed.

"By preventing Iran's military entrenchment in Syria, we're also preventing something that could be very, very unsafe for Europe", he added.

Israel's Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz said that a US-led coalition would form against Iran if it stepped up its enrichment of uranium.

It is doing so in Syria, in Yemen and other places", the Israeli prime minister said, adding that in Syria, Iran was trying to place its forces "with the explicit goal of...

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