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Trump Warns Iran to “Pay Better Attention” to Nuclear Enrichment

WASHINGTON – US president Donald Trump warned Iran that it was “better to pay attention” after Tehran announced it would start enriching uranium beyond a limit set in an agreement nuclear power, Al Jazeera reported Monday.
About the latest Iranian movements, Trump said Sunday: “Iran should be careful because you enrich for a reason, and I will not tell you why, but it’s not good.”
He did not specify what actions Washington could consider, but told reporters that Tehran “will never have a nuclear weapon”. Iran denies having sought nuclear weapons and refers to a religious decree issued in the early 2000s by Supreme Leader Ali Hosseini Khamenei which prohibits “the production, stockpiling and use of weapons of mass destruction, including ‘nuclear weapons”.
In the meantime, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has threatened to impose additional sanctions on Iran.
On Twitter, he said: “The latest expansion of its Iranian nuclear program will lead to further isolation and sanctions.”
He added, “The nations must restore the long-standing non-enrichment standard of the Iranian nuclear program. The Iranian government, endowed with nuclear weapons, would constitute an even greater danger for the world”.
Iranian officials and observers have already ridiculed Washington’s call for Iran to honor an abandoned deal.
The multilateral pact has seen Iran accept drastic limits to its nuclear program and submit to inspections by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in exchange for a partial lifting of crippling international sanctions.
But Trump’s withdrawal from the deal on May 8, 2018 – and the resulting sanctions – deprived Iran of expected economic benefits and added to its economy.
The European states, who opposed the American movement, had trouble reacting.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, said that all the measures taken by Tehran were “reversible” if European countries kept their commitments.
The three signatories of the EU “have no pretext to avoid a firm political stance to preserve the JCPOA and to fight against US unilateralism,” he added, referring to the nuclear deal under his official name, Common Global Action Plan.
At the same time, the European Union said the parties to the agreement were discussing a possible emergency meeting after Iran’s announcement, spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said the bloc was “extremely concerned by this decision.
Britain has warned Iran to “immediately stop all activities violating the agreement,” while Germany was “extremely concerned”.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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