Published: Wed, June 06, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Iran calls on world to stand up to Trump, save nuclear deal

Iran calls on world to stand up to Trump, save nuclear deal

Iran announced Tuesday that it has taken steps to increase its capacity for uranium enrichment in a warning of the potential consequences of the USA withdrawal last month from the nuclear deal. Uranium for civilian energy production is enriched to less than 4 percent.

"The words uttered by some European states indicate that they expect the Iranian nation to both agree to comply with the nuclear deal undertakings and live under sanction", he added.

He said it would inform the IAEA that "Iran will announce that the process of increasing the capacity to produce UF6 (uranium hexafluoride) will start on Tuesday".

The memorandum is signed on behalf of the Iranian army by Amir Daryaban Ali Shamkami, who now serves as secretary of Iran's national security council and a top military adviser to Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, according to the report. Britain, France and Germany have suggested addressing other concerns about Iran through a supplemental agreement.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful, and that its compliance with the deal has been verified by the IAEA.

PARIS: Israel´s leader urged France on Tuesday to turn its attention to tackling Iran´s "regional aggression", saying he no longer needed to convince Paris to quit world powers´ 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran as economic pressure would kill it anyway.

"Iran's announcement of its intention to accelerate uranium enrichment shows that Tehran's decision-makers are in a state of panic and that could enable them to build a nuclear bomb", he said.

Salehi said Iran is also speeding up other work on infrastructure, so that it can immediately return to a higher level of capability than before the nuclear agreement, if it collapses.

One of Trump's demands - which European allies support in principle - is new negotiations to rein in Iran's ballistic missile program, which was not covered by the nuclear deal.

"I didn´t ask France to withdraw from the JCPOA (Iran deal) because I think it is basically going to be dissolved by the weight of economic forces", Netanyahu told a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron. He called the accord (which saw Iran curbing its nuclear military program in exchange for the lifting of global sanctions) deeply flawed and wanted a deal that would both limit Tehran's ballistic missile program and its increasing influence in regional affairs.

European members have been scrambling to salvage the 2015 Iran nuclear deal as Tehran is set to increase its uranium enrichment capacity.

Major global companies are already beginning to distance themselves from Iran in fear of USA sanctions.

Mark Dubowitz, the head of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a prominent critic of the agreement, said Iran's announced plans will not rescue the agreement as more companies shun the country for fear of running afoul of renewed USA sanctions. Iran is trying to pressure the Europeans to come up with a compensation for the USA pulling out.

Iran's nuclear chief says the country has upgraded the power installations at its Natanz facility to realize its long-term goals.

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