Xinhua Middle East news summary at 2200 GMT, July 7

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TEHRAN -- Iran announced on Sunday that it is raising the purity of its enriched uranium beyond limits of the 2015 landmark nuclear deal.

"Today, we will start enriching uranium beyond 3.67 percent, and its level of purity depends on our needs. This will happen officially," Ali Rabiee, the spokesman for Iranian government, said in a live broadcast from state TV. (Iran-Uranium Enrichment Level)

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JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged European leaders on Sunday to reimpose sanction on Iran, hours after Tehran said it will enrich uranium beyond the nuclear deal's limits.

Speaking at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, the Israeli hardliner leader said Tehran's announcement is "very dangerous." (Israel-Iran)

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TEHRAN -- A senior Iranian official announced on Sunday that the United States can attend the new round of nuclear talks that Iran and the remaining parties to the Iranian 2015 nuclear deal plan to hold in future.

Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi urged Washington to lift banking and energy sanctions against Tehran before attending the talks. (Iran-U.S.-Nuke Deal)

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BAGHDAD -- A U.S.-led coalition airstrike killed three Islamic State (IS) militants in the Iraqi northern province of Kirkuk on Sunday, while a civilian was killed and two others wounded in attacks in the eastern province of Diyala.

Acting on intelligence reports from the federal police in Kirkuk, the U.S.-led airstrike was conducted on an IS hideout in the area of Wadi Zghaytoun in the south the city of Kirkuk, some 250 km north of the capital Baghdad, the media office of the Joint Operations Command said in a statement. (Iraq-Airstrike-IS) Enditem

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