Iran tells United Nations it will boost uranium enrichment capacity

06 June, 2018, 03:33 | Author: Carlos George
  • Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is interviewed by The Associated Press in New York

Iran says it has informed the United Nations nuclear agency that it has launched the process of increasing its capacity to enrich uranium in case the 2015 agreement that curbed its nuclear program collapses.

"What Iran told the International Atomic Energy Agency about its capacities was nearly comical compared to what we have here", a senior Israeli intelligence officer involved in the analysis of the secret cache told The Times.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu embarks Monday on a three-day European tour in Germany set to be dominated by strategic differences on Iran, as leaders attempt to rescue the nuclear deal after United States withdrawal.

Under the agreement with the US, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China, Iran limited uranium enrichment capacity to satisfy the powers that it could not be used to develop atomic bombs.

In return, Iran received relief from sanctions, most of which were dropped in January 2016.

It's been more than a month since President Trump officially ended the Iran nuclear agreement and the unsafe Iranian regime has been ramping up hostilities against the United States and Israel ever since.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is now visiting Europe to meet with the leaders of Germany, France and U.K.to try to persuade them to take a hardline stance against Iran.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz called for a military coalition against Tehran if it proceeded with enriching military-grade uranium.

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas huddled with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Thursday and insisted that Berlin "wants to maintain the nuclear agreement and make sure Iran maintains it too".

With the USA pulling out of the deal entirely, several large firms have said it will be impossible to continue operating in Iran except in the unlikely scenario that they win bulletproof exemptions from Washington.

"Under the current circumstances, the EU's political will is not enough to preserve the nuclear deal", Zarif said last month after meeting European Union ministers in Brussels.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was met by scores of protesters calling for him to be tried as a war criminal on Tuesday at the Paris stop of his tour of European capitals. How much time we have, I don't know.

"We are not surprised [by Iran's announcement]", he said in a video statement.

But he also said Iran will continue adhering to the 2015 nuclear deal and that the country's nuclear activities will remain within the limits set by the accord.

Late on Monday, the AEOI said it is starting a process to accelerate the preparation of infrastructure for the manufacturing of centrifuge rotors and boosting the domestic capacity for the production of UF4 and UF6 gases.

"However, at this particularly critical juncture, they will not contribute to build confidence in the nature of the Iranian nuclear program".

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