Iran nuclear deal: Tehran to give notice of uranium work

Saul Bowman
June 5, 2018

The Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation will hand a letter to the United Nations nuclear agency, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in Vienna informing the agency of the decision regarding uranium hexafluoride.

Spokesman of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Behrouz Kamalvandi talks to Iranian journalists during the opening session of a conference on December 9, 2014 in Tehran.

Iran insists it has the option of resuming industrial-scale enrichment following the U.S. exit from the deal.

The JCPOA was signed in 2015 by Iran, the European Union and the P5+1 group of countries - China, Germany, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Merkel stressed Monday that the Iran nuclear agreement has so far provided more transparency into Tehran's nuclear activities.

Israel's intelligence minister called for a military coalition against Iran if the Islamic Republic were to defy world powers by enriching military-grade uranium. Kamalvandi has said Iran is preparing to expand its uranium enrichment capacity.

Iran's nuclear chief says the country has upgraded the power installations at its Natanz facility to realize its long-term goals.

"This will inflame another religious war, this time a religious war inside Syria, and the consequences would be many, many more refugees, and you know exactly where they will come", he said.

Israel responded to Iran's top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's threatening tweet on Sunday with a "Mean Girls" GIF.

The two world leaders agreed Iran exercised a "worrying" influence over a huge part of the Middle East.

Since President Donald Trump's announcement of the USA withdrawal from the deal on May 8, European leaders have pledged to try to keep Iran's oil trade and investment flowing, but admitted that will not be easy to do. The unilateral move has been opposed by other signatories.

Merkel said "we sharply condemn what the Iranian leadership said", but reiterated her view that the nuclear agreement was the best way to prevent Iran from developing atomic weapons.

Major General Ali Jafari, commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, said past year that it had missiles with a 2,000-km (1,240-mile) range that could hit arch-enemy Israel and "most American interests and forces" in the Middle East.

Iran has strictly and in all circumstances denied pursuing any military ambitions through its nuclear work.

"I believe that this is absolutely essential for greater transparency", she said.

Netanyahu will also use his European tour to warn against Iran's military entrenchment in Syria, where Tehran has sent forces to support President Bashar al-Assad.

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