US accuses Iran of 'possible undeclared nuclear activities'

Cheryl Sanders
September 11, 2019

US President Donald Trump said on Monday he could meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and that he had no problem with such an encounter.

Tensions have been escalating between Iran and the United States since May past year, when Trump pulled out of the 2015 nuclear accord with Tehran and began reimposing sanctions that have crippled the Iranian economy. He said that the United States does not want military conflict. "Evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran continue". "Iran will never have a nuclear weapon on President Trump's watch".

On Sept. 7, Iran announced that it has activated 20 IR-4 centrifuges and 20 advanced IR-6 centrifuges to boost the country's stockpile of enriched uranium.

Responding to Netanyahu, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif pointed out that Israel itself has a secret, but widely known, nuclear program.

The IAEA says it was notified by Iran that it would not recognize the deal's limits on research and development of centrifuges to enrich uranium.

Feruta told a news conference that he pressed Iran to improve cooperation with the IAEA, and that he thinks the message was "very well understood". They make an announcement; the next thing you know, they're spinning centrifuges at higher and higher enrichment rates.

Kimball believed there was still a window for Macron's efforts to succeed, especially as Trump relishes an unorthodox approach to diplomacy. "The important part is that all the work is conducted by Iranian specialists under the IAEA's constant monitoring", it said, referring to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

"Is the threat of a nuclear Iran increasing?"

Last week, it was reported that the oil tanker, allegedly owned by the IRGC, carrying around 2.1 million barrels of crude oil worth $130 million, switched off its Automatic Identification System, fueling speculation that it is heading towards Syria, which would violate United States sanctions against Iran's energy sector.

"You know we've done more sanctions on Iran than anybody, and it's absolutely working", Mnuchin said.

In one incident that raised further concerns, Britain said that an Iranian oil tanker that had been held for six weeks in Gibraltar had gone ahead to Syria.

U.S. national security advisor John Bolton said that the episode showed that Iran is "working overtime on deception".

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