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European powers won't trigger Iran deal dispute mechanism for now, diplomats say

Hassan Rouhani, Iran's president, looks on during a news conference in Tehran, Iran, on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018.
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Britain, France and Germany will not for the moment trigger a dispute resolution mechanism enshrined in the 2015 Iran nuclear accord that could lead to the reimposition of United Nations sanctions, two European diplomats said.

Iran's announcement on Monday that it had amassed more low-enriched uranium than permitted was confirmed by U.N. nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which monitors Iran's nuclear program under the deal.

"Not for now. We want to defuse the crisis," said one European diplomat.