Japan Concerned Over Iran's Uranium Enrichment

Japan Concerned Over Iran's Uranium Enrichment

Iran's national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012, a day before the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

"We strongly urge Iran to abide by the nuclear agreement, immediately return to its commitments, and refrain from taking steps that would damage the accord". "But Iran still is a year away from being able to produce a nuclear weapon and will [remain so] for some time to come". In reality they are sanctioning us because of knowledge, ' Salami was quoted as saying by the semi-official Tasnim news agency. However, it is far below the purity needed to make a nuclear weapon. Islam never approves of weapons of mass destruction, ' he added.

Meanwhile, experts fear a miscalculation in the crisis could explode into open conflict, as Trump already has almost bombed Iran over Tehran shooting down a US military surveillance drone. The president's goal is to get a new deal that would be negotiated in the best interests of the United States'.

Iran has said it is willing to go back to the deal if it is given the economic benefits it was promised.

Pence's assertion to a pro-Israel Christian organization that the United States "will never allow Iran to obtain a nuclear weapon" came on the same day that Iran began enriching uranium to 4.5 percent, breaking the limit set in the 2015 agreement sealed under President Barack Obama.

Inspectors from the United Nations nuclear watchdog who are in Iran will report back once they have checked that Tehran has enriched uranium to a higher level of purity than that allowed under its nuclear deal, the agency said.

The French official said both Iran and the USA had an interest in raising pressure at this stage, but both sides would want to start talks eventually.

On Saturday, French President Emmanuel Macron told his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rouhani, in a phone call that he is trying to find a way by July 15 to resume the dialogue between Iran and Western partners.

Tehran long has insisted that its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iran of "further isolation and sanctions", following Tehran's move, claiming that an Iran "armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the world". Last year, Israel became the world's first military power to use the next-generation F-35 in a combat operation, reportedly against Iranian targets in Syria.

The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed this month that Iran has exceeded a 300-kilogramme limit on enriched uranium reserves, another cap that was imposed by the deal.

One of the main achievements of the deal was Iran's agreement to dismantle its advanced IR-2M centrifuges, used to purify uranium.

"They'd better be very careful", he told reporters at the White House.

Still, the threatened measures also appear meant to be sufficiently ambiguous to hold back from fully repudiating the deal.

Keeping uranium enrichment to 3.67 percent was a major commitment Iran made for the lifting the economic sanctions in 2015. Iran has said all the steps it is contemplating are reversible.

Trump's hardline policy is backed by oil-exporting Arab states in the Gulf, which consider Iran a foe and stand to gain from USA sanctions that have removed Iranian crude from the market, and by Israel, which has repeatedly called on the European countries to reimpose sanctions. He didn't elaborate on what actions the US might consider, but told reporters: "Iran's doing a lot of bad things".

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