July 08, 2019
On Sunday, President Trump issued a warning to Iran after the nation broke a part of the 2015 nuclear deal by enriching uranium beyond the allowed limit.
“Iran better be careful… Iran is doing a lot of bad things,” Trump warned. “Iran will never have a nuclear weapon.”
Tehran has said that it would enrich uranium to levels to “whatever amount we feel like… whatever amount is our necessity, our need.”
In response to this news from Iran, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted, “Iran’s latest expansion of its nuclear program will lead to further isolation and sanctions. Nations should restore the longstanding standard of no enrichment for Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the world.”
Iran’s latest expansion of its nuclear program will lead to further isolation and sanctions. Nations should restore the longstanding standard of no enrichment for Iran’s nuclear program. Iran’s regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the world.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 7, 2019
Last year, President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 nuclear deal negotiated under President Barack Obama, calling it “the most foolish agreement that you will ever find.” Since then, Iran has threatened to expand its stockpile its low-enriched uranium stockpile.
Iranian officials said that the new level of uranium enrichment would be reached later that day, without providing the level they wished to achieve. The nuclear deal capped their enrichment level to 3.67%.
“Within hours, the technical tasks will be done and enrichment above 3.67 percent will begin,” said Behrouz Kamavandi, a spokesperson for Iran’s nuclear agency. “We predict that the IAEA measurements early tomorrow morning will show that we have gone beyond 3.67 percent.”
Many European nations have struggled to respond to Iran’s announcement, even after receiving a 60-day warning about the increase.
The United Kingdom released a statement, saying, “Iran has broken the terms of the (Iran Deal), following its announcement that it will start uranium enrichment above the 3.67 percent limit agreed in the nuclear deal. While the U.K. remains fully committed to the deal, Iran must immediately stop and reverse all activities inconsistent with its obligations. We are coordinating with other participants regarding the next steps under the terms of the deal, including a Joint Commission.”
Germany said they were “extremely concerned” about Iran’s decision, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for world powers to impose “snapback sanctions” on Iran.
– MK. II