Iran says it has breached stockpile limit under nuclear deal

Tuesday, 02 Jul, 2019

European leaders have resisted calls to start reimposing sanctions on Iran after the country said it had for the first time broken the terms of the nuclear deal it signed with foreign powers in 2015.

At a cabinet session on May 8, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the five remaining parties to the JCPOA -Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany- have been informed of Tehran's decision to refuse to continue honoring two commitments under the deal. Iran claimed the drone was in its own airspace, while the United States said it was flying in global airspace.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reiterated that his country would not bow to foreign pressure, the state-run IRNA news agency reported on Monday.

President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal previous year and reimposed tough sanctions on the Iranian regime.

For uranium to be used in weapons, it needs to be enriched at 90% or more.

Trump argues that the deal is too weak because some of its terms are not permanent, and because it does not cover non-nuclear issues such as Iran's missile programme and regional behaviour. Iran long has insisted its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, despite Western fears about it. He said in a tweet that the United Kingdom "remains committed to making [the] deal work and using all diplomatic tools to de-escalate regional tensions".

French, British and German officials had promised a strong diplomatic response if Iran fundamentally breached the deal, but the initial European response appeared muted.

The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) announced on June 17 that Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium will exceed 300 kilograms by June 27. A quantity of 300 kilograms of UF6 (uranium hexafluoride) corresponds to 202.8 kilos of LEU. He told Sky News that Britain still supported the deal. Mr Zarif said Iran's next move would be to enrich uranium slightly beyond 3.6%, a threshold Tehran has previously said it would cross on 7 July.

Speaking at the National Day of Industry and Mines in Tehran, Zariff said the United States continues to threaten Iran because of continued defeats in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded urged European countries impose sanctions on his country's arch-foe Iran. A threat of U.S. secondary sanctions has deterred nearly all large Europe firms, including banks, from trading with Iran.

"So I say to you: Do it". "You committed to act as soon as Iran violates the nuclear deal, you committed to activate the mechanism of automatic sanctions that were determined by the security council".

"These types of Americans actions indicate confusion, inability, desperation and lack of understanding about the Iran society", Iranian Vice President for Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Hosseinali Amiri said Monday, dismissing as hollow Trump's offer to negotiate. "INSTEX is just the beginning of (their) commitments, which has not been fully implemented yet", he added.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an earlier statement that Washington is calling on the global community to immediately impose and enforce a total ban on all Iran activities involving the enrichment of nuclear materials.

Exactly a year after the U.S. withdrew, President Hassan Rouhani said I ran would temporarily cease to limit its stocks of heavy water and low-enriched uranium.