Published: Tue, May 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran claims fourfold rise in uranium-enrichment levels

Iran claims fourfold rise in uranium-enrichment levels

WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said on Monday Iran would be met with "great force" if it attempted anything against U.S. interests in the Middle East, adding that Tehran has been very hostile toward Washington.

Brennan, an outspoken Trump critic, does not have a formal briefing planned but is prepared to answer questions on Iran - and is willing to do the same for Republicans, said a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to discuss it publicly.

"Iranians have stood tall for a millennia while aggressors all gone", he wrote. The Trump administration has deployed bombers and an aircraft carrier to the region over still-unspecified threats from Iran.

He said: "In his mind, Trump thinks he has a gun to Iran's head with sanctions and he is trying to shut down our economy". Last week, when asked by reporters if the United States was going to war with Iran, he said: "I hope not". Since the withdrawal, the US has re-imposed previous sanctions and come up with new ones, as well as warned nations around the world they would be subject to sanctions as well if they import Iranian oil. He also has said he hopes Iran calls him and engages in negotiations.

"#NeverThreatenAnIranian. Try respect - it works!" Mr Zarif referenced both Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan as two historical leaders that Persia outlasted. Iran has repeatedly rejected any further negotiations as long as the United States remains outside the nuclear pact. "Never threaten an Iranian".

On May 17, Trump had also tweeted, "With all the fake and made up news out there, Iran can have no idea what is actually going on".

Iran just announced it was backing away from the nuclear deal in which Iran agreed to limit its enrichment of uranium if sanctions were removed.

Iranian officials reportedly ordered a massive increase in the production of enriched Uranium this week; openly defying the Trump administration as tensions between Tehran and Washington rapidly escalate.

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Al Jazeera's James Bays, reporting from the United Nations headquarters in NY, said the Iranian ambassador did not mention the USA in his appeal for dialogue.

The attacks include what Saudi Arabia described as armed drone attacks on two oil pumping stations within the kingdom on May 14 and the sabotage of four vessels, including two Saudi oil tankers, off the coast of the United Arab Emirates on May 12.

The Pentagon, meanwhile, has drawn up war plans calling for the shipping of as many as 120,000 U.S. troops to the region-a similar number to the force deployed to the region prior to the invasion of Iraq-in apparent preparation for an all-out war with Iran.

The Iranian president said that the reason Iran has been reluctant to walk away completely from the 2015 nuclear deal struck with the US under the Obama administration, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is that it would lead to more economic pressure on Iran, IRNA reports.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had been asking the administration for a briefing for all lawmakers on the situation in Iran, but she said the request was initially rebuffed.

Yet the nuclear deal had prevented Iran from getting enough highly-enriched uranium for a bomb.

Iran said this month it could resume uranium enrichment beyond levels allowed in the nuclear deal if European countries do not find ways to ease financial pressure within 60 days.

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