Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Senior Iranian Mullah: UK Should Be Scared of Us

Senior Iranian Mullah: UK Should Be Scared of Us

Iran announced on Sunday it will shortly boost its uranium enrichment above a cap set by a landmark 2015 nuclear deal, a major escalation that could eventually culminate in the return of all worldwide sanctions on Tehran.

Iran made the decision a year after U.S. President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal.

On 1 July Iran increased its stockpile of low-enriched uranium beyond the cap set by the deal.

In May, Iran stepped up its production of enriched uranium, which can be used to make fuel for reactors but also for nuclear weapons.

At a news conference, Iranian officials said the new level of uranium enrichment would be reached later in the day, but did not provide the percentage they planned to hit.

"Iran has violated its solemn promise under the U.N. Security Council not to enrich uranium beyond a certain level", he said in public remarks to his cabinet.

Iran is now following "the legal path through court" but hopes the issue can be resolved by "ongoing diplomatic consultations", Araghchi added.

The IAEA is in charge of verifying the restrictions on Iran's nuclear activities imposed by the deal, which also lifted global sanctions against Tehran. He called on world powers to impose "snapback sanctions" on Iran.

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Writing on Twitter, Mr Rezaei, who led the Guard during the 1980s "tanker war" in the Gulf, said: "If England does not release the Iranian oil tanker, the duty".

Mohsen Rezai, a senior Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps commander, said Friday that Iran should retaliate by seizing a British tanker if the United Kingdom does not release the Iranian vessel.

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi wrote in a tweet that British Ambassador Rob Macaire was summoned over the "illegal interception" of the ship and later said that the seizure was "odd and destructive". The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will need some time to confirm and measure this new level.

Israel's energy minister Yuval Steinitz has already criticised the move, saying that while the increase was "moderate", Iran had "begun its march. toward nuclear weaponry".

French President Emmanuel Macron has been attempting to salvage the agreement.

"It is a very, very risky step", Netanyahu said.

European diplomats have said that further breaches of the accord could see the so-called E3 - France, Britain, and Germany - trigger a dispute-resolution mechanism that is part of the deal that could eventually lead to the reimposition of United Nations sanctions.

President Rouhani urged the European signatories to act to save the deal.

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