Iran Tells UN it will Begin to BOOST URANIUM Production

Charlene Craig
June 6, 2018

The European Union said Tuesday that a "first assessment" indicated that Iran's announcement that it has launched a plan to boost uranium enrichment capacity did not breach its commitments under the beleaguered 2015 nuclear deal.

He said a letter detailing Iran's intentions has been sent to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Ali Akbar Salehi told reporters that the infrastructure, which has been developed domestically, has the capability to produce several hundred-thousand Separative Work Units of enriched uranium.

The EU, which is working to save the 2015 agreement with Iran after the United States pulled out, warned the Iranian announcement would not help build confidence in the Iranian program, but said it did not constitute a breach of the deal. Salehi said new centrifuges will be assembled if the JCPOA collapses.

Iran now is using almost 5,000 centrifuges and enriching uranium at 3.5 per cent.

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The US, however, withdrew from the accord last month, emboldening Israel in its efforts to try to kill the deal and rally more support for its anti-Iran campaign.

Khamenei and various Iranian political figures have already warned that Iran could leave the agreement if it no longer receives the economic benefits it signed up for.

The remaining partners - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - have scrambled to save the 2015 accord as the U.S. readies to reimpose sanctions on Tehran.

A senior diplomat in Vienna, where the IAEA is based, said the call for timely cooperation did not mean that Iran had breached any of the rules of the accord but that the agency was "encouraging (Iran) to go above and beyond the requirements" of the deal.

Foes Iran and Israel have been kept at bay for decades.

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In the face of the USA retreat, all three leaders strongly defend the agreement as the best way to head off a regional arms race and have vowed with Russian Federation and China, the two other signatory countries, to keep it alive. "I don't think we've got a lot".

Iran, which won sanctions relief in exchange for limiting its nuclear program, has said repeatedly its nuclear activity was exclusively peaceful in nature.

Speaking to reporters at a joint news conference with Merkel, the Israeli leader said Tehran wants to conduct a religious campaign in largely Sunni Syria by using Shi'ite militias under its control to convert Sunni Muslims. "It will fail as more European companies exit Iran as the administration surrounds the country with an economic minefield".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu kicked off a three-day trip on Monday to persuade the leaders of Germany, France and the United Kingdom to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin to discuss the threat he says Tehran poses to his country and the wider Middle East.

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

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