Israeli PM Netanyahu calls Iran’s enrichment move a "very, very risky step"

Saul Bowman
July 8, 2019

Any country on the board can call a meeting, and the International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed in a note to member states that the meeting would be held next Wednesday at 2:30 pm after the IAEA this week said Iran had exceeded the maximum stock of enriched uranium allowed under the deal.

Tensions began rising in May when the United States rushed thousands of additional troops, an aircraft carrier, nuclear-capable B-52 bombers and advanced fighter jets to the Mideast.

The French statement also said Macron would continue consultations with the Iranian side and global partners to reduce tensions.

"The tanker was carrying Iran's oil".

Tehran has already summoned the British ambassador of its objection to the "illegal and unacceptable seizure of the ship". Calls and e-mails to the court weren't immediately answered.

Germany and other European Union countries have sought to keep the accord alive by developing a money transaction system known as INSTEX that allows Iran to circumvent U.S. sanctions and continue doing business internationally.

"We consider the detention of the vessel and its cargo as a deliberate step geared to further aggravate the situation around Iran and Syria".

However, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton applauded the interception of the supertanker.

Fears over a miscalculation sparking a wider conflict in the Persian Gulf have grown. If you don't release Iranian oil tanker.

He has said the move is in response to a failure by remaining state signatories to keep their promise to help Iran work around biting sanctions reimposed by the U.S. in the second half of a year ago.

But a top advisor to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei hinted on Friday it could reach five percent. "Islamic Iran in its 40-year history has never initiated hostilities in any battles but has also never hesitated in responding to bullies".

"When Iranian missiles are able to hit a stealth drone thousands of feet in the air, how easy would it be to hit an aircraft carrier in the sea?" he asked.

In a statement, Britain s Foreign Office said it welcomed Gibraltarian authorities "acting to enforce the EU Syria sanctions regime".

US allies France, Britain, and Germany tried unsuccessfully to persuade Washington to remain in the nuclear deal, which provided Tehran with relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

Russia expects that Iran's new uranium enrichment level won't be higher than 5%, Russian Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov said on Sunday.

"Once a decision is taken we are going to commit to that decision. Iran's regime, armed with nuclear weapons, would pose an even greater danger to the world", said Pompeo. "We are coordinating with other JCPoA participants regarding the next steps under the terms of the deal, including a Joint Commission".

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