Tehran, Iran – Iran announced on Monday that it would violate the internationally agreed restrictions on its low enriched uranium inventory in 10 days. This should weigh on the already high tensions with Washington, but added that European nations still had time to save. A landmark nuclear deal.
"We have quadrupled and recently increased the rate of enrichment to exceed the limit of 300 kg (661 pounds) in 10 days," said Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Iranian nuclear energy organization State Television.
The announcement drew attention to Iran's determination to break with the groundbreaking agreement of 201
Kamalvandi announced the announcement during a press conference with local journalists in the Iranian heavy water plant Arak, which was broadcast live on Iranian state television.
Tehran said in May it would reduce compliance with the 2015 nuclear pact with the world powers in protest at the United States' decision to unilaterally terminate the agreement and impose sanctions again last year.
The goal of the agreement was to increase the amount of time that Iran theoretically needs to produce enough fissile material for a nuclear bomb from several months to at least a year.
Kamalvandi added that European countries still have time to save a nuclear deal.
Iran has repeatedly criticized delays in setting up a European mechanism that would protect trade with Iran from US sanctions in order to save the nuclear deal.
"There is still time for the Europeans … But the Europeans have indirectly declared their inability to act, and they should not believe that after 60 days (set by Iran in May) they will have another 60-day period Opportunity, "said Kamalvandi.
Before a meeting of foreign ministers of the European Union, German Foreign Minister Heiko In a tweet the fair said, "it's high time for 'diplomacy first,'" and added that the EU can "contribute to the de-escalation of the situation in the Middle East".
Comments follow following alleged attacks on oil tankers in the region last week, attacks Washington blamed Iran. Tensions between Iran and the United States have intensified recently, a year after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America over the nuclear deal.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that intelligence officials had "a lot of data, lots of evidence" linking Iran to the attacks, even though he did not give any details.