Published: Tue, July 02, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran nuclear deal: Enriched uranium limit breached, sources say

Iran nuclear deal: Enriched uranium limit breached, sources say

For the first time since the nuclear deal agreed with Barack Obama, Iran has breached agreed limits on stockpiling enriched uranium. After the Donald Trump administration withdrew the United States from the JCPOA and chose to reapply sanctions, many European firms pulled back from investment and financial transactions with Iran for fear of the United States imposing secondary sanctions against them.

The uranium can be used for fuel for reactors or possibly for nuclear weapons, though Iran denies this.

Iran has breached the 300 kilograms of low-enriched uranium allowed under the 2015 worldwide nuclear accord, both Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and the global Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) confirmed on Monday.

According to Netanyahu, when he told Trump about the planned operation, the USA president asked, "is it risky?"

Iran made a decision to breach the terms and conditions of the 2015 deal after Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of it and reimposed sanctions on the country.

Trade between Germany and Iran has collapsed under the impact of United States sanctions, data published by Funke newspapers showed, supporting Iran's assertion that Europe is failing to help preserve the nuclear non-proliferation deal it signed.

State media reported the news of the death sentences on Tuesday, as tensions rise with Washington over Tehran's nuclear programme.

European and world leaders reacted with worry after Iran announced on Monday that it had accumulated more enriched uranium that permitted under its nuclear deal.

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"The wildest card is Israel as they will not tolerate a viable path to an Iranian nuclear bomb, especially with a United States administration that would back Israel in case of a military strike", Mr Bohl said.

Mr Rouhani also gave the five countries still party to the deal - the UK, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation - until 7 July to meet their commitment to shield Iran from the sanctions' effects.

One proposal is for the French president, Emmanuel Macron, to travel to Tehran, but there are also plans for a joint commission meeting at foreign minister level bringing together Iran and the other remaining signatories - Russia, China and the European Union three. "There is room for dialogue", a French diplomat added, espousing a position that may become untenable next week if Iran follows through on its threat to violate more provisions of the nuclear deal. "We are urging our Iranian colleagues to be extremely responsible regarding their actions, particularly those that concern Iran's fulfillment of comprehensive guarantees with the IAEA and an additional protocol to the agreement".

The French leader said he would continue in the coming days to work towards a resolution of the standoff between Iran and the USA that would see Tehran "fully respect its obligations and continue to benefit from the economic advantages of the (2015) deal". "As soon as E3 abide by their obligations, we'll reverse".

Trump, who pulled the U.S. out of the deal previous year, was asked if he had a message for the Islamic Republic. They promised they would automatically enact sanctions that were imposed by the UN Security Council.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures during a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, April 14, 2019.

The White House said that the US policy of maximum pressure on Iran will continue until it changes course and added that Iran should be held to a standard of no uranium enrichment.

The deal also restricted Iran to stockpiling no more than 300kg of the low-enriched uranium. "Iran has faced an unprecedented and unthinkable USA sanction pressure, effectively meaning a total oil embargo, an attempt to strangle a sovereign state".

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