Iran says it can now take enrichment past 20pc mark

Cheryl Sanders
September 10, 2019

After he apparently did not respond to the USA offer, the Treasury Department on Friday imposed sanctions both on the ship and on Kumar himself, freezing any assets he may have in the United States and criminalising any U.S. financial transactions with him.

Rahimi said the European Union with 183 reactors has also adopted a tougher stance against Iran, he said.

"There is an understanding that Trump may be elected.then they will have to negotiate with Trump, but if not Iran will have leverage with a Democrat in office", Tabatabai said.

The Gibraltar authorities freed the vessel on 15 August after receiving assurances from Iran that it would not discharge its cargo in Syria.

Under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran was allowed to enrich uranium using only first generation - or IR-1 - centrifuges.

By starting up these advanced centrifuges, Iran further cuts into the one year that experts estimate Tehran would need to have enough material for building a nuclear weapon if it chose to pursue one.

A week later, the Islamic Republic announced it had exceeded the deal's uranium enrichment limit of 3.67 percent. "We are capable inside the country to increase the enrichment much more beyond that".

Kamalvandi also said Tehran would be working on "new types of centrifuges".

This comes over a year after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the nuclear deal and imposed crippling sanctions on the country.

The Islamic republic was performing on a menace to additional abandon its nuclear commitments in step with a minimize-off date it yelp for European powers to enact something to defend it from U.S. sanctions.

"If Europe wants to do something, it must hurry, because returning to the situation before reducing commitments could take time", Kamalvandi said.

Tabatabai said Europe's efforts have also been made hard because the Trump administration believes providing Tehran with an economic lifeline would undermine its pressure.

Despite the latest move, the agency said Iran would allow the IAEA to continue monitoring its nuclear facilities in accordance with the 2015 agreement.

Feruta arrived in Tehran on Sunday morning and had separate meetings with Head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) Ali Akbar Salehi and Secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani.

Iran's atomic energy agency was to make an announcement on Saturday detailing its next nuclear step, which President Hassan Rouhani has described as highly significant. It did not elaborate. "This started as of yesterday (Friday)", he continued, adding that "all these steps are reversible if the other side fulfils its promises".

Iran stopped abiding by two commitments in July in response to sanctions the United States reinstated when it abandoned the deal.

Behruz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, announced the action on September 7, two days after Tehran had signaled it would be taking further steps away from the accord, which the United States abandoned previous year but other major signatories have been scrambling to salvage.

Two weeks later, Iran seized a British-flagged tanker, the Stena Impero, in the Strait of Hormuz, in what has been widely regarded as an act of retaliation.

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