Iran informs United Nations of increase in nuclear enrichment capacity


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.

Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel's prime minister, yesterday began a three-tour of Europe with the aim of convincing the signoratories to back out of the accord and support his push for tighter measures on Tehran.

On Sunday, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called Israel a "malignant cancerous tumour" that should be removed.

Iran has said it has the option of resuming industrial-scale enrichment now that the US has withdrawn from the deal.

Although the remaining signatories-the U.K., Germany, France, Russia, China and the European Union-say they are committed to the agreement, the threat of new American sanctions could scupper it.

Before the deal was signed, Iran had reached 20 percent enrichment. The majority of the board's members are likely to issue statements through the week challenging the United States decision to withdraw, and the repeated Israeli intelligence claim that Iran is secretly preparing a nuclear bomb. Iran has repeatedly denied seeking a nuclear weapon from enrichment.

"Tehran will attack ten times more if attacked by enemies", who "don't want an independent Iran in the region", Khamenei said.

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It's been more than a month since President Trump officially ended the Iran nuclear agreement and the risky Iranian regime has been ramping up hostilities against the United States and Israel ever since.

Under the agreement, Iran strictly limited its uranium enrichment capacity and is allowed to build parts for the centrifuges as long as it does not put them into operation.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks during Friday prayers in Tehran September 14, 2007.

Netanyahu was hoping to get Germany, France and Britain to soften support for the joint comprehensive plan of action, from 2015, under which Iran agreed to dramatically reduce its nuclear activities in return for sanctions relief.

The other signatories have expressed a desire to keep the nuclear deal in place, saying it is working.

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...

"But we believe that this can be achieved with tough negotiations", she said. However, an unprecedented May 10 escalation in Syria that saw Israel bomb alleged Iranian targets after blaming Tehran for a rocket barrage has sparked fears of open war.