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Iran is Seeking Nuclear Arms: Bolton

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – A year after the U.S. president unilaterally withdrew America from the accord, US national security adviser John Bolton said Wednesday there was “no reason” for Iran to back out of its nuclear deal with world powers other than to seek atomic weapons.
Without offering evidence John Bolton also claimed that the alleged sabotage of four oil tankers off the coast of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) came from naval mines placed “almost certainly by Iran.”
Speaking in Abu Dhabi, Bolton told journalists that there had been a previously unknown attempt to attack the Saudi oil port of Yanbu as well.
Saudi officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Bolton’s claim on Yanbu, which is the end point of the kingdom’s East-West Pipeline.
On the other hand, Iran has denied any involvement in the sabotage of the oil tankers.
In recent weeks, tensions have soared up as the U.S. beefed up its military presence in the Persian Gulf in response to a still-unexplained threat from Iran.
The US also has accused Iran of being behind a rocket that landed near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, while Yemen’s Iranian-aligned Houthi rebels have launched a string of drone attacks targeting Saudi Arabia.
In the meanwhile, Iran has announced it was backing away from the 2015 nuclear deal, which saw it limits its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. US withdrew from the accord as he believes it did not go far enough in limiting the Iranian nuclear program, nor did it address Iran’s ballistic missile program.
US national security adviser said that without more nuclear power plants, it made no sense for Iran to stockpile more low-enriched uranium as it now plans to do. But the US also earlier cut off Iran’s ability to sell uranium to Russia in exchange for unprocessed yellow-cake uranium.
Iran has set a July 7 deadline for Europe to offer better terms to the untying nuclear deal, otherwise it will resume enrichment closer to weapons level.
Bolton further said; “There’s no reason for them to do (higher enrichment) unless it is to reduce the breakout time to nuclear weapons,”.
Iran, long has, insisted its nuclear program is only for peaceful purposes. But, Western powers pushed for the nuclear deal to limit Iran’s ability to seek atomic weapons.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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