Netanyahu: We 'Won't Let' Iran to Obtain Nuclear Weapon

Netanyahu: We 'Won't Let' Iran to Obtain Nuclear Weapon

A sudden White House announcement that a US aircraft carrier and a bomber wing would be deployed in the Persian Gulf to counter Iran comes just days ahead of the anniversary of President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw America from Tehran's nuclear deal.

The metals sector is the Islamic Republic's largest non-petroleum-related source of export revenue and represents 10 percent of its export economy, a statement from the White House said.

Zarif said at the time his country would only cease actions taken "voluntarily" under the deal and would remain "committed to its framework" a day before Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatened to continue enriching uranium in 60 days if European powers did not come up with a viable solution to continue trading with Iran.

Rouhani said that if the ultimatum is not met, Iran will also end a Chinese-led initiative to redesign its heavy water reactor in Arak. Weapons-grade uranium needs to be enriched to around 90 per cent.

Iran will reduce some of its commitments to the nuclear deal in response to the United States´ decision to withdrew from the accord, state news agency IRNA said on Tuesday. Iran has been sending the excess to Oman.

It is unclear what steps Iran will take, but it says it does not intend to completely withdraw from the pact.

By revoking the waivers, the pressuring Iran to stop the production of LEU and heavy water. "We as Europeans, as Germans, will play our part and we expect full implementation from Iran as well", Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said.

For months, Iranian officials have signaled they're losing patience because they're sticking to the terms of an agreement that curbs their nuclear activities but is providing few of the promised benefits.

Recent U.S. sanctions made it more hard for Iran to export enriched uranium to Russian Federation, so it would have been necessary to reduce production to respect the limits on Iran's inventory.

Western governments had long feared Iran's atomic program could allow it to build nuclear weapons.

The Trump administration is imposing new sanctions affecting Iran's iron, steel, aluminum and copper sectors, as the USA continues to pressure the regime.

Russian Federation appears poised to stand by Tehran and point blame on Washington, which withdrew from the nuclear deal past year.

"It is important to avoid any action that would prevent the enactment of the obligations by parties now upholding the agreement or that might fuel an escalation", a French foreign ministry spokesperson said. "The regime in Tehran is working against a safe and stable world and is, once again, exposing the mistake that was the nuclear agreement, signed in 2015", Danon added.

Sunday night's statement from national security adviser John Bolton said the USS Abraham Lincoln, other ships in the carrier's strike group and a bomber wing would deploy to the Mideast.

"After a year of patience, Iran stops measures that (the) USA has made impossible to continue", he wrote on Twitter. Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the situation has been complicated by "irresponsible behaviour" from Washington.

"President Putin has repeatedly spoken of the consequences of unthought-out steps regarding Iran and by that I mean the decision taken by Washington (to quit the deal)".

Pompeo's talks with UK officials - which he described as a "forthright conversation" - came exactly a year after Trump withdrew the United States from the landmark multilateral Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which was created to curb Iran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for sanctions relief.

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