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UK Learns Iran Planned to Enrich Uranium for Military Use

06 June, 2018, 03:33 | Author: Ted Wilson
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TEHRAN, IRAN-Iran has informed the United Nations nuclear watchdog that it will increase its nuclear enrichment capacity within the limits set by the 2015 agreement with world powers. Before the deal was reached, Tehran enriched uranium to up to 20 per cent purity.

During a joint press conference following their talks, Macron reaffirmed his commitment to the nuclear deal but said that an additional agreement could be added to target Iran's ballistic programme.

Israel's Minister of Intelligence Yisrael Katz said Tuesday that a US-led military coalition would confront Iran if it resumed its enrichment of military-grade uranium.

The remaining parties have vowed to stay in the accord but many of their companies have already started to wind down Iranian operations.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered the increase in nuclear enrichment in a speech on Monday.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful, and that its compliance with the deal has been verified by the IAEA.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted swiftly to Salehi's announcement, charging that the Islamic republic's aim was "unlimited enrichment of uranium to create an arsenal of nuclear bombs" to destroy his country.

"If conditions allow, maybe tomorrow night at [the Natanz enrichment plant], we can announce the opening of the center for production of new centrifuges", Salehi said, quoted by the semiofficial Fars news agency. What's more, it is unclear whether the USA decision to impose sanctions on Iran, which were lifted after Tehran put curbs on its uranium enrichment program, will kill the deal entirely.

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Major worldwide companies are already beginning to distance themselves from Iran in fear of U.S. sanctions.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Sunday the USA decision to withdraw from the agreement was illegal and he urged the other signatories not to follow suit.

Hoping to protect their interests, the Europeans have proposed hammering out a supplementary deal with Tehran covering its ballistic missile program as well as its interventions in countries such as Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Yemen.

Still, the threat of USA sanctions has put pressure on European countries working with Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with French leaders Tuesday in Paris as he continues efforts to persuade European leaders to alter the worldwide nuclear agreement with Iran.

Merkel did agree with Netanyahu that the IAEA should examine Iran's nuclear program more closely.

Netanyahu will meet French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday and British Prime Minister Theresa May on Wednesday.

For all of Iran's fierce public riposte to USA threats of tougher sanctions, some senior Iranian officials see the US position as a "bargaining strategy" and believe the door to a diplomatic compromise should stay open.

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