Iran threatens to begin enriching stores of uranium

Fredrick Soto
May 9, 2019

These ballistic missiles could hit American ships or United States and British coast facilities in the Persian Gulf - especially the allied naval bases in Bahrain and elsewhere. In the United States and Israel, this has happened in the face of resistance from the defence establishment.

Asked if Tehran will continue to adhere to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal, Zarif said "Iran's patience has its limits".

The letters will come as officials in the Islamic Republic previously warned that Iran might increase its uranium enrichment, potentially pulling away from a deal it has sought to salvage for months.

"Iran does not have nuclear weapons and its neighbours have not responded by getting nuclear weapons", Hunt said. European efforts to insulate its companies from sanctions have so far proved flimsy. Geranmayeh said Tehran is trying to convince Beijing to buck US sanctions pressure and keep buying Iranian oil to keep its economy afloat but that China, now in the middle of a contentious trade war with the United States, has less room to thumb its nose at Washington than it did in the past. Now, Beijing is nervous about derailing delicate trade talks with Washington, and Chinese imports have dipped. But American sanctions have wreaked havoc on Iran's already-anemic economy, while promised help from European partners in the deal haven't alleviated the pain.

Matt Duss, foreign policy adviser for Sen. It did not elaborate on what steps Iran planned to take.

Unless the original signatories of the agreement are able to agree on a new arrangement that would lift new USA imposed sanctions on Iran's oil and banking sectors, Tehran warns it will keep its excess stockpiles of materials used in nuclear reactors and would begin producing them at higher levels - something its foes, including Israel, have said they will not allow to happen.

A French presidential source said the European countries did not yet know precisely what steps Iran was now planning, but they could have to reimpose sanctions on Iran if those steps amount to reneging. "The Iranians made this gesture because they're not prepared to fully breach the deal, yet they're still looking for some other way out", said Suzanne Maloney, an expert on Iran at the Brookings Institution, a Washington-based think tank.

The level of nuclear enrichment Iran is allowed to pursue is at the heart of the nuclear accord because material enriched at a sufficiently high concentration could be used to produce a bomb. "Iran didn't fall into that trap", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised address.

However, he stressed that Iran is not leaving the deal, rather it is a new phase of the deal in the context and in line with the wording of the JCPOA. It's also anxious about a possible military confrontation.

It is now China and Europe's move.

The enemies, including the American hardliners, Zionists, and the reactionaries in the region, were opposed to the worldwide deal since the very moment it was reached, he added.

Iran has responded by declaring all US forces in the Middle East to be terrorists. It is expected to accommodate non-oil transactions, including food and humanitarian aid, but it has taken a long time to establish and is not yet online. Earlier this year, Trump angered Iraqi politicians and Iranian-backed factions by saying troops should stay there to keep an eye on neighbouring Iran.

"Not only has Trump's position of maximum pressure not delivered, it has not triggered Rouhani's move toward less for less. Clearly that is not working out", said Dina Esfandiary, an Iran expert at the Belfer Centre for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University.

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