US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has warned that Iran faces “further isolation and sanctions” as Tehran increases its uranium enrichment beyond the limit set by the 2015 nuclear deal.
“Irans latest expansion of its nuclear program will lead to further isolation and sanctions,” Pompeo tweeted on Sunday. “Nations should restore the longstanding standard of no enrichment for Irans nuclear program. Irans regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the world.”
Irans latest expansion of its nuclear program will lead to further isolation and sanctions. Nations should restore the longstanding standard of no enrichment for Irans nuclear program. Irans regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the world.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 7, 2019
As of Sunday, Iran is set to start enriching uranium above the agreed maximum purification level of 3.67 percent set by the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), a deal that the US unilaterally withdrew from last year.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said earlier on Sunday that this step is intended as a “remedial” measure intended to force the European parties to the deal to fulfil their commitments. Zarif also added that the increase is permitted by the deal if Iran believes any signatories have not kept up their end.
Tehran has insisted that the Europeans expand their special payment system with Iran to trade in the countrys oil, a defiance of US sanctions. At present, the system only allows the trade of food and medicines.
Despite Pompeos warning, a purification level of 3.67 percent is still well below the roughly 90 percent needed to produce a nuclear weapon.
Since withdrawing from the JCPOA a year ago, Washington has reapplied biting economic sanctions to the Islamic Republic, targeting Irans energy, shipping and banking sectors, as well as the countrys military. Furthermore, the US has threatened to sanction any country importing Iranian oil, with no exemptions.
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