Iran informs United Nations of increase in nuclear enrichment capacity

UK Learns Iran Planned to Enrich Uranium for Military Use

UK Learns Iran Planned to Enrich Uranium for Military Use

Khamenei, Iran's top leader, said on Monday he had ordered preparations to increase uranium enrichment capacity if the nuclear agreement falls apart after the US withdrawal, and he vowed never to accept limits on Tehran's ballistic missile programme.

One of Trump's demands - which European allies support in principle - is new negotiations to rein in Iran's ballistic missile program, which was not covered by the nuclear deal.

Israel has proposed that "a military coalition" be formed against Iran in case Tehran pursues "military-grade" uranium enrichment, suggesting that the military force would comprise of the Israeli regime, the USA, the Western states and their Arab allies.

The German leader reaffirmed her commitment to the deal, "although we have disagreements about the effectiveness of the agreement", she made it apparent that Berlin wishes to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

Earlier Monday, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency renewed calls for Iran to provide "timely and proactive cooperation" in inspections that are part of the nuclear deal.

The memorandum that was shown to The Times was, according to Israeli intelligence, dated to 2001, and authorized the military to take over the task of enriching uranium hexafluoride (UF6) by centrifuges, from 3 percent to more than 90 percent.

"If the Iranians don't surrender now, and try to return" to unsupervised uranium enrichment, "there should be a clear statement by the President of the United States and all of the Western coalition", he said.

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.

He said: "Some Europeans are talking about limiting our defensive missile programme".

"I would tell these countries that they should be aware that this is a dream that will never come true".

Mr Netanyahu presented the documentation in a televised announcement in May, days before US President Donald Trump dropped out of the deal.

Shortly after Khamenei's speech, French automaker PSA announced it was pulling out of two joint ventures to sell its cars in Iran owing to the USA sanctions.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei lashed out at Israel on Sunday, calling the Jewish state the "cancerous tumor" that must be 'removed and eradicated'. The unilateral move has been opposed by other signatories. "We have to break their money machine", he said.

Khamenei also said Iran had no intention of curbing its influence in the Middle East as demanded by the Western powers and urged Arab youth to stand up to US pressure.

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