Iran threatens to resume uranium enrichment if US leaves nuclear deal; Islamic Republic again refuses to negotiate ballistic missile program.
Iran on Monday warned that it would resume enriching uranium if United States were to quit the 2015 nuclear deal.
Spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Behrouz Kamalvandi, warned Monday that if the Trump Administration were to “pull out״ of the nuclear deal, it could resume its uranium enrichment. He stated, “If America pulls out of the deal… Iran could resume its 20% uranium enrichment in less than 48 hours.”
Iran’s threat follows it’s most recent refusal to negotiate on it’s ballistic missile program. Masoud Jazayeri, a spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces, stated on Sunday that “The condition for negotiating Iran’s missiles is the destruction of the nuclear weapons and long-range missiles of the United States and Europe.”
Iran continues in its attempts to deceive the world that it’s ballistic missile and nuclear programs are for defensive purposes only.
European representatives are to meet in Italy next month for another discussion on Iran’s efforts and actions in the region, as well as to address the United States issues with the nuclear deal. The goal of the meeting is to prove to President Trump that the nuclear deal is working before his May deadline.
President Trump recently announced that he would refuse to again wave sanctions on the Islamic Republic if necessary changes are not made to the current nuclear deal. He warned in January “I am waiving the application of certain nuclear sanctions, but only in order to secure our European allies’ agreement to fix the terrible flaws of the Iran nuclear deal. This is a last chance. In the absence of such an agreement, the United States will not again waive sanctions in order to stay in the Iran nuclear deal. And if at any time I judge that such an agreement is not within reach, I will withdraw from the deal immediately.”
Amir will address this, as well as Putin’s speech, Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, Guatemala’s embassy move to Jerusalem, Syria and much more. Tune in for his LIVE Middle East Current Events Update from Tel Aviv on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Israel time).
Photo: Iranian flags, Wikimedia Commons, 2018.