Iran has been accelerating its breaches of the nuclear deal in the past two months amid heightened tensions with the US.

Iran also plans to enrich uranium to 20 percent, a level it last reached before the 2015 deal, at its Fordow site buried in a mountain [File: Hamid Forutan/EPA]

Iran has started work on uranium metal-based fuel for a research reactor, the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog and Tehran said on Wednesday, in the latest breach of its nuclear deal with six significant powers as the country presses for a lifting of US sanctions.

Kazem Gharib Abadi, Iran’s representative at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), confirmed the country has started working on the fuel, saying everything has been reported to the

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