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Nuclear Scientist’s Killing Prompts Iranian Lawmakers to Act

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Nuclear Scientist’s Killing Prompts Iranian Lawmakers to Act

TEHRAN—Iranian lawmakers urged the Rouhani government to restrict United Nations inspections of its nuclear activities and boost uranium enrichment, following the killing last week of a top nuclear scientist.

On Tuesday, a majority members of parliament agreed on the outlines of a motion that would allow Iran to curtail access for U.N. inspectors to Iranian facilities that are not declared nuclear sites, and begin stocking highly enriched uranium, an essential step in producing fissile material for a possible nuclear weapon. The law has been under discussion for weeks.

Both moves would gut the key remaining limits in the 2015 nuclear deal and likely push Europeans to leave the accord, effectively burying it after the U.S. withdrew in 2018.

Mohsen Fakrizadeh, a chief architect behind Iran’s nuclear weapons program in the 1990s and early 2000s, was killed in an ambush on Friday outside Tehran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has accused Israel of killing the scientist, but said Iran wouldn’t retaliate immediately, as Tehran seeks to keep open a path to diplomatic re-engagement with Washington. Israel hasn’t confirmed or denied its involvement.

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