Pompeo Warns Iran After Nuclear Program ‘Expansion’, Promises New Sanctions, Further Isolation

Middle East

On Sunday, Iranian authorities announced that the country’s enrichment of uranium would surpass 3.6 percent “in a few hours,” and promised to reduce the nation’s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), every 60 days, if the issue is not resolved.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Iran of “further isolation and sanctions,” following Tehran’s move, claiming that an Iran “armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the world”.

According to Tehran, reducing Iran’s commitments under the nuclear accord is “in parallel with saving the JCPOA, and not destroying it, this tendency may lead to discontinuing our participation in the JCPOA”.

On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that on 7 July Tehran will start enriching uranium at levels set out in the JCPOA and would maintain that enrichment at a level it considers necessary.

On 8 May 2018, the administration of US President Donald Trump fully withdrew from the historic 2015 JCPOA treaty and reimposed sanctions on Iran. A year after, Tehran announced that it would suspend some obligations under the agreement, giving the other nuclear deal signatories – France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, China, and the European Union – 60 days to save the accord by facilitating oil exports and trade with Iran amid US sanctions.

Amid escalating tensions with Washington, Tehran has…

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