EU alarmed by Iran enrichment, wants to save pact

"We note with grave concern the steps taken by Iran to begin the enrichment of uranium to the level of 20 percent. This action will constitute a significant departure from Iran's nuclear commitments under the JCPOA," a spokesman for the Commission told a regular briefing.

"It is regrettable but it is also highly important and ... we will redouble our efforts to preserve the agreement and return to its full implementation by all parties," he said.

The move is the latest Iranian contravention of the accord, which it started violating in 2019 in response to Washington's withdrawal from the agreement in 2018 and the re-imposition of U.S. sanctions that had been lifted under the deal.