The United States fears that Iran is building in the direction of a ‘nuclear breakout’; Iran continues to act contrary to the terms of the nuclear deal; Pompeo: Iran’s continued and numerous nuclear provocations demand such action.
As Iran continues to take action in a manner that has them stepping further and further away from the agreement(s) set in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or Iran Nuclear Deal, the United States is calling on more and more countries to partake in their ‘maximum pressure’ campaign. After the US withdrawal from the JCPOA in 2018, Iran has been quick to advance their nuclear agenda.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has now condemned the extortion-like tactics of Tehran after earlier this week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Iran is now injecting uranium into over 1000 of their first-generation centrifuges. Pompeo tweeted, “Iran’s plans to increase its nuclear activity at Fordow raise concerns that Iran is positioning itself for a rapid nuclear breakout. It is now time for all nations to reject its nuclear extortion and increase pressure.”
Pompeo would also add, “Iran’s latest nuclear escalations reflect the regime’s intentions all along: to extort the international community into accepting its violence and terror.” Since the US withdrawal in 2018, Iran has not only been advancing its nuclear agenda, but they’ve been warning that they’ll increase it all the more if European countries fail to offset the devastating effects of US sanctions. Additionally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu released a host of records earlier this year, proving that Iran has been violating the terms of the nuclear deal all along.