Germany says Iran's accelerated enrichment of uranium is "very negative step"

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FILE PHOTO: A view of the Natanz uranium enrichment facility 250 km (155 miles) south of the Iranian capital Tehran

BERLIN (Reuters) - Iran's acceleration of its enrichment of uranium to near weapons-grade breaches restrictions imposed in a 2015 nuclear deal, Germany said on Wednesday, urging Tehran to return to negotiations with a constructive approach.

"Iran has no plausible civilian justification for these steps, and instead gains military knowledge and skills," a Foreign Ministry spokesman told a news conference. "We urge Iran to return to the negotiating table with a constructive stance."

The U.N. atomic watchdog said in a report on Tuesday seen by Reuters https://reut.rs/3ALX2VC that Iran had accelerated its enrichment of uranium.

(Reporting by Paul Carrel; Editing by Madeline Chambers)

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