Iran to again breach nuclear deal and increase uranium enrichment; Rouhani spoke with Macron, Trump with UK’s May; Netanyahu: The enrichment of uranium is made for one reason and one reason only: it’s for the creation of atomic bombs.
Iran announced on Sunday that it would continue to violate the nuclear deal “within a few hours” as the Islamic Republic continues its blackmail of the remaining signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). For the second time in one week, Iran confirmed it would increase its uranium enrichment levels above the 3.67% permitted under the deal. A spokesman for Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization announced it would violate the agreement again on Sunday.
Iran continues to demand France, Germany, Russia, the UK, and China find a solution to the United States’ sanctions that have crippled its economy. The United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed they would remain in Tehran to inspect nuclear sites after Iran’s announcement Sunday morning.
Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to Iran’s threats, calling on the European signatories to act on its commitment to resume sanctions if the nuclear deal was breached. Until now, it has expressed disapproval and lightly condemned Iran last week. He stated from Jerusalem Sunday, “Iran has violated its solemn promise under the UN Security Council not to enrich uranium beyond a certain level… This measure is a very dangerous step and I call on our friends, the leaders of France, Britain, Germany: you signed the deal and said the moment they’d take this measure that severe sanctions will be imposed- that was the Security Council resolution. Where are you?”
He reiterated amidst Iran’s ongoing lies, “The enrichment of uranium is made for one reason and one reason only: it’s for the creation of atomic bombs.”
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani spoke with French President Emmanuel Macron via telephone on Saturday. He reportedly told Macron that Iran would reenter talks on the nuclear deal if the US were to stop its sanctions. According to a statement from Macron’s office Sunday, Macron warned Rouhani of the “consequences” if the deal is not salvaged.
Over the weekend, the White House confirmed President Trump spoke with UK Prime Minister Theresa May regarding Iran on Friday.