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Trump says sanctions on Iran to be cranked up 'substantially'

Trump says sanctions on Iran to be cranked up 'substantially'

2019/07/10 | 20:40

(Hatha al-Youm | Iraq News)- US President Donald Trump accused Iran on Wednesday of

secretly enriching uranium for a long time and said US sanctions would be

increased “substantially” soon, as the UN nuclear watchdog held an emergency

meeting on Tehran’s breach of a nuclear deal.Washington used the session of the International Atomic

Energy Agency’s 35-nation Board of Governors to accuse Iran of extortion after

it inched past the deal’s limit on enrichment levels, while still offering to

hold talks with Tehran.Iran says it is reacting to harsh US economic sanctions

imposed on Tehran since Trump pulled out of world powers’ 2015 nuclear accord

with the Iranian regime last year, and says all its steps were reversible if

Washington returned to the deal.“Iran has long been secretly ‘enriching,’ in total

violation of the terrible 150 Billion Dollar deal made by John Kerry and the

Obama Administration,” Trump said on Twitter.“Remember, that deal was to expire in a short number of

years. Sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!”While Iran was found to have had covert enrichment sites

long before the nuclear accord, the deal also imposed the most intrusive

nuclear supervision on Iran of any country, and there has been no serious

suggestion Iran is secretly enriching now.The deal confines enrichment in Iran to its Natanz site,

which was itself exposed in 2003. Any clandestine enrichment elsewhere would be

a grave breach of the deal. It was not immediately clear from Trump’s comments

whether he was referring to previous, long-known activities or making a new

allegation.The US statement, made just hours before Trump’s tweet,

made no mention of either secret enrichment or an imminent tightening of

sanctions.Iran’s IAEA ambassador said in a German newspaper interview

published on Wednesday that Tehran intended to preserve the nuclear deal with

major powers if all other signatories honored their commitments under it.“Everything can be reversed within a single hour – if all

of our partners in the treaty would just fulfill their obligations in the same

way,” Gharib Abadi was quoted by the weekly Die Zeit as saying.In the past two weeks Iran has breached two limits pivotal

to the 2015 deal, which aimed to extended the time Iran would need to obtain

enough fissile material for a nuclear weapon, if it chose to do so, to a year

from around 2-3 months.President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday Iran’s moves

were permissible under the deal, rebuffing a warning by European powers to

continue compliance.The Trump administration says it is open to negotiations

with Iran on a more far-reaching agreement on nuclear and security issues. But

Iran says it must first be able to export as much oil as it did before the US

withdrawal.Tensions between Washington and Tehran have risen sharply,

culminating in a plan for US air strikes on Iran last month that were called

off at the last minute.“There is no credible reason for Iran to expand its nuclear

program, and there is no way to read this as anything other than a crude and

transparent attempt to extort payments from the international community,” said

a Trump administration statement issued at the closed-door session of the IAEA

board in Vienna.“We call on Iran to reverse its recent nuclear steps and

cease any plans for further advancements in the future. The United States has

made clear that we are open to negotiation without preconditions, and that we

are offering Iran the possibility of a full normalization of relations.”Iran says it will continue to breach the deal’s caps one by

one until it receives the economic windfall – trade and investment deals with

the wider world – promised under terms of the agreement.IRAN RAISING ENRICHMENT LEVELIn a separate closed-door meeting with member states on

Wednesday, IAEA inspectors confirmed that Iran was now enriching uranium to

4.5% purity, above the 3.67% limit set by its deal. This would be Iran’s second

breach of the deal in as many weeks, diplomats familiar with the figures said.However, that is still far below the 20% to which Iran

refined uranium before the deal, and the roughly 90% needed to yield bomb-grade

nuclear fuel.“The latest steps indicate that Tehran’s leadership has

made a decision to move onto the offensive to create leverage vis-a-vis the

international community and bring about a solution to its constraints,” a

Western intelligence source told Reuters.Washington is set on isolating Iran to force it to

negotiate stricter limits on its nuclear program and, for the first time, to

address calls to curb its ballistic missile program and its role around the

conflict-ridden Middle East.EUROPEAN POWERS IN DILEMMADiplomats from several countries on the IAEA board said

that while fiery exchanges between the Iranian and US envoys were likely at the

meeting at agency headquarters, they did not expect the board to take any

concrete action.While Iran has breached the terms of the deal which the

IAEA is policing, the IAEA is not a party to the deal and Iran has not violated

the Safeguards Agreement binding it to the agency.Britain, France and Germany are considering their next

move, torn between the urge to show their displeasure at Iran’s breach of the

deal and wanting to keep alive a pact that signatories in 2015 touted as vital

to preventing wider war in the Middle East.











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