US Calls for ‘Increased International Pressure’ on Iran After Uranium Enrichment Limit Statement

Monday, June 17, 2019
By Paul Martin

The development comes a day after the Tasnim News Agency reported that Iran would announce further steps towards scaling back its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal amid a new set of US sanctions against Tehran.

White House National Security Council spokesperson Garrett Marquis has slammed Iran’s enrichment plans as “nuclear blackmail” that must be met with “increased international pressure”.

“Iran’s enrichment plans are only possible because the horrible nuclear deal left the their capabilities intact. President Trump has made it clear that he will never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons. The regime’s nuclear blackmail must be met with increased international pressure”, he said.

Marquis’s statement echoed earlier remarks by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who called on the international community to beef up sanctions against Iran, should it go ahead with the plan to surpass an enriched uranium limit set by the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal.

“Should Iran deliver on its threats, the international community will have to implement, immediately, the pre-set sanctions mechanism”, he said on Monday.

These comments came a few hours after Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI) Behrouz Kamalvandi was cited by the ISNA as saying that the country will break its uranium stockpile limit in 10 days.

“Today we will start exceeding the enriched uranium stockpile limit of 300 kg. The process will last 10 days. In other words, we will exceed this limit on 27 June”, Kamalvandi said, as aired by state TV.

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