Published: Wed, July 10, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump Warns Iran To ‘Be Careful’ After Breaching Uranium Limit

Trump Warns Iran To ‘Be Careful’ After Breaching Uranium Limit

The move is meant to give Iran leverage in talks with European countries interested in maintaining the deal, but getting around the US sanctions imposed on Iran will prove hard for EU countries.

Iran has breached a crucial limit on the level of uranium enrichment set out in the 2015 nuclear deal, the country's atomic energy agency said yesterday, as China - another signatory to the deal - accused the United States of "bullying" Teheran with crippling economic sanctions.

U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo tweeted on Sunday that Iran would face "further isolation and sanctions".

He did not specify what the final step would be but President Hassan Rouhani had warned previously that Iran could leave the nuclear accord.

For more than a year, Europeans have balanced between Washington and Tehran as they sought to preserve the Iran nuclear deal, under pressure from both sides and trying to avoid angering either.

"Within hours, the technical tasks will be done and enrichment above 3.67 percent will begin", Iran spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi told the AP.

Iran said the nuclear deal allowed it to respond to the United States breach by reducing its compliance, and warned it would continue to do so, taking further steps away from the deal every 60 days.

"It is also the case that under President Trump, the Israel haters such as Hamas and Hizballah and Islamic Jihad receive far less blood money from Iran to pursue their terrorism than ever in recent history", he remarked.

Meanwhile, Tehran is threatening to seize a British ship because United Kingdom authorities impounded an Iranian vessel that was trying to break the oil embargo of Syria.

According to Trump, "Iran is doing a lot of bad things" and is seeking automatic rights to produce nuclear weapons.

Iran's defiant line was articulated by President Hassan Rouhani back in May when he said Iran would not abide by numerous commitments enshrined in the nuclear deal including the curbs on the production of fissile material.

Zolnour made the comment while Iran admitted to breaking the limit set on its stockpile of low-enriched uranium set in the 2015 multinational nuclear deal.

Vice President Mike Pence says the US will keep up pressure on Iran as the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers appears to be crumbling.

French Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll urged Iran to stop all activities that are not consistent with its JCPOA commitments, and said Paris is "in close contact with the concerned partners to initiate the necessary de-escalation of tensions" in a news release.

"This measure is a very unsafe step, and I call on my friends, leaders of France, Britain, Germany: You signed the deal and said the moment they'd take this measure, harsh sanctions would be imposed", Mr Netanyahu said at the start of a cabinet meeting. It was called off at the last minute by US President Donald Trump. Authorities there say they seized the Grace 1, believed to be carrying over 2 million barrels of oil, over European Union sanctions on Syria - though Spain said the seizure came at the request of the U.S.

"You have to go back and say: "Where are they in the process of (in terms of developing) high explosives, machining", Kelley said, adding that he believed Iran was now "deficient" in those areas.

Daniel Byman, senior fellow for foreign policy at the Brookings Institution, said Iran was engaged in a tricky balancing act. He urged European countries to sanction Iran in response.

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