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UK Learns Iran Planned to Enrich Uranium for Military Use

UK Learns Iran Planned to Enrich Uranium for Military Use

It highlights the whole issue of Iran's formerly ambitious enrichment programme and again raises the question as to exactly what this enrichment programme was ultimately for.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei had ordered the increase in capacity in a speech Monday, in which he vowed that Iran would preserve its nuclear program despite the USA withdrawal from the landmark 2015 accord.

Meanwhile, Iran is vowing to increase their uranium production if European countries also pull out of the nuclear agreement.

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.

He said it would inform the IAEA that "Iran will announce that the process of increasing the capacity to produce UF6 (uranium hexafluoride) will start on Tuesday".

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. Iran denies it has ever sought nuclear weapons, which require uranium enriched to 90 per cent. He vowed that the country would preserve its nuclear programme despite the USA withdrawal from the landmark 2015 accord.

"Two days ago, Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, stated his intention to destroy the State of Israel", Netanyahu said in a video posted on social media.

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Like Trump, Netanyahu has been a fierce critic of the deal, saying the agreement left Iran with the potential to quickly develop a nuclear weapon when the terms expire.

But President Trump dramatically pulled out of the agreement, leaving the remaining European signatories scrambling to save it. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the USA would re-impose its sanctions on Iran.

It is doing so in Syria, in Yemen and other places", the Israeli prime minister said, adding that in Syria, Iran was trying to place its forces "with the explicit goal of... In exchange, the other signatories lifted crippling sanctions on the country, which are estimated to have cost the country some $500 billion by the time they were removed.

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. The nuclear chief noted that Iran has stayed committed to the accord, but is ready for all scenarios if it fails.

Iran wants to "basically conduct a religious campaign in largely Sunni Syria but try to convert Sunnis", he said at a joint press conference with Merkel.

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


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