Iran Boasts It Will Increase Uranium If It ‘Wants’; Says It Has ‘No Hope Nor Trust in Anyone Nor Any Country’; Trump Warns ‘Iran Better Be Careful’

  • Despite warnings from the international community, Iran has said it will continue to increase its uranium enrichment after previously confirming it was breaching the 2015 nuclear deal that it signed with the U.S., several European countries and China.
  • According to a senior official with Iran’s nuclear program, he “pledged that the country could enhance its enrichment to 20 percent – far short of the 90 percent enrichment that would be needed to develop a nuclear weapon but a significant technical step toward achieving that goal.”
  • Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, said: “Twenty percent is not needed now, but if we want we will produce it. Now that we have gone past the 3.67 percent enrichment, there won’t be any problem with this action.”
  • However, “Iran remains open to diplomacy to save its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers but has no hope in the international community.”
  • Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said: “We have no hope nor trust in anyone nor any country but the door of diplomacy is open.”
  • Mousavi added: “If the remaining countries in the deal, especially the Europeans, do not fulfill their commitments seriously, and not do anything more than talk, Iran’s third step will be harder, more steadfast and somehow stunning.”
  • On Sunday, when questioned about Iran breaching the nuclear deal, President Trump said: “Iran better be careful.” He added: “Iran’s doing a lot of bad things.”
  • Also on Sunday, the U.K. said that Iran had “broken the terms” under the 2015 agreement and a statement released from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office read in part that “the U.K. remains fully committed to the deal and called on Iran to immediately stop and reverse all activities inconsistent with its obligations.”
  • According to the 2015 nuclear deal, “the cap for enrichment was set at 3.67%, a percentage closely monitored by inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the U.N.’s nuclear watchdog.”
  • Fredrik Dahl, spokesperson IAEA, said: “We are aware of Iran’s announcement related to its uranium enrichment level. IAEA inspectors in Iran will report to our headquarters as soon as they verify the announced development.”
  • The U.K. plans to meet with other countries that are still part of the agreement to discuss possible next steps. Trump withdrew from the agreement last year and re-imposed sanctions on Iran.

Reference Links

  • U.S. News & World Report: Iran to Quadruple Nuclear Enrichment ‘If We Want’ READ
  • BBC: Iran nuclear deal: EU urges reversal of uranium enrichment breach READ
  • Reuters: EU calls on Iran to stop any steps against international nuclear deal READ
  • CBS: Iran ignores Trump’s warning, breaks another nuclear deal limit on uranium enrichment READ

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