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Offbeat The Latest: Iran leader warns it could enrich uranium more

22:16  08 may  2018
22:16  08 may  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday he'd send his foreign minister to negotiate with countries remaining in the nuclear deal after Donald Trump's decision to pull America from the deal, warning he otherwise would restart Iran president: Uranium enrichment may resume if deal fails.

Read more : Iran 's uranium enrichment programme: the science explained. Outside of Bushehr, higher- enriched uranium could be used for naval ships and submarines, something Iran has said it would want to pursue. Iran announced its partial withdrawal from the nuclear deal a year later .

In this Sept. 29, 2015 file photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani briefs media upon his arrival from the U.S. at Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran.  © Ebrahim Noroozi/AP Photo In this Sept. 29, 2015 file photo, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani briefs media upon his arrival from the U.S. at Mehrabad airport in Tehran, Iran. 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision on the Iran nuclear deal (all times local):

3:05 p.m.

Iran's president is saying there's a "short time" to negotiate with the countries remaining in the nuclear deal, warning his country could start enriching uranium more than ever in the coming weeks.

President Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roh-HAH'-nee) made the statement Tuesday immediately after President Donald Trump said he was pulling the U.S. out of the nuclear deal.

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The latest developments come at a time of high tension in the Middle East, with the US accusing "Weapons-grade" uranium is 90% enriched or more . Why has Iran increased its enrichment rate? Mr Kamalvandi also said Iran might start enriching uranium up to 5% concentration so that it could

A top advisor to Iran 's supreme leader has hinted Tehran could boost its uranium enrichment to five percent for "peaceful" aims, ahead of deadline it The accord capped Iran 's enrichment maximum at 3.67 percent, sufficient for power generation but far below the more than 90 percent level required for

Rouhani spoke live on Iranian state television. He says he will be sending Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to countries remaining in the accord.

He says, "I have ordered Iran's atomic organization that whenever it is needed, we will start enriching uranium more than before." He says Iran would start this "in the next weeks."

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3 p.m.

The French president's office says France, Britain and Germany "regret" U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to leave the Iranian nuclear accord, calling it a threat to global efforts to contain nuclear weapons.

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that the "nuclear non-proliferation regime is at stake" because of Trump's announcement Tuesday.

Macron's office says the French president spoke Tuesday evening with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May about the Iran accord and next steps after Trump's decision.

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Enriching uranium to 20 percent is considered above the requirement for nuclear energy production, but still well below the 80 to 90 percent enrichment required for a nuclear weapon. Previous analysis by the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists concluded enriching uranium at 20 percent is "likely intended"

Uranium enrichment "will increase as much as needed for our peaceful activities," Ali Akbar Velayati, international affairs advisor to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said in an interview published Friday on the leader 's official website. "For Bushehr nuclear reactor we need five percent enrichment

The three European countries negotiated the 2015 deal with the U.S., Russia, China and Iran.

The European powers strongly support the accord as the best way to contain Iran's nuclear ambitions. Trump says it's not tough enough on Iran.

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2:55 p.m.

The European Union foreign policy chief says the Iran nuclear agreement is a pillar of international security and she is calling on its signatories to continue to respect it.

The comments by Federica Mogherini came shortly after President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that he was withdrawing the U.S. from the pact. Mogherini says, "The nuclear deal with Iran is crucial for the security of the region, of Europe and of the entire world."

Mogherini helped supervise the implementation of the 2015 accord. She says she is particularly worried by the announcement of new sanctions.

She says she will consult with Europe's partners about those sanctions suggested by Trump "to assess their implications."

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The head of Iran ’s Atomic Energy Organization warned Monday that Tehran is technically able to enrich uranium to a higher level than it could before it signed a nuclear deal with six world powers in 2015. Directing his comments at US President Donald Trump, who is considering scrapping what he

Iran could resume its 20 percent uranium enrichment in less than 48 hours," Behrouz Kamalvandi, a governmentspokesman, told al-Alam TV. Dear Reader, As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no

Addressing Iran, Mogherini said: "Do not let anyone dismantle this agreement."

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2:50 p.m.

The Trump administration says it will reimpose nuclear sanctions on Iran immediately but allow grace periods for businesses to wind down activity so they don't violate the sanctions.

It comes after President Donald Trump announced Tuesday that the U.S. would withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

The Treasury Department says there will be "certain 90-day and 180-day wind-down periods" but isn't specifying which sanctions will fall under which timelines. Treasury says at the end of those periods, the sanctions will be in "full effect."

The Treasury Department says that includes secondary sanctions, which punish even non-Americans if they do business with Iran.

National security adviser John Bolton says effective immediately, nobody should sign contracts for new business with Iran.

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2:40 p.m.

Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, is calling the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal "a mistake of historic proportions."

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Iran ’s top nuclear official told the Associated Press this week in his first comments since the U.S. withdrawal that Iran has completed a facility at its Natanz enrichment center that could build more advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium up to 10 times as fast as before. But Ali Akbar Salehi also

Iran could be in a position to create highly enriched uranium within five days if the US ends a 'In an hour and a day, Iran could return to a more advanced level than at the beginning of the Update: An earlier version of this story suggested Iran had warned it could have nuclear weapons within five days.

He said Tuesday that breaking the Iran deal increases the danger that Iran will restart its nuclear weapons program, which threatens Israel and "destabilizes the entire Middle East."

Durbin says Trump's action "isolates the United States from the world at a time when we need our allies to come together to address nuclear threats elsewhere, particularly in Korea."

Trump said earlier Tuesday that "great things" can happen for the Iranian people because of the U.S. withdrawal. The Republican president predicted that Iranians would someday "want to make a new and lasting deal" and that "when they do, I am ready, willing and able."

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2:35 p.m.

President Donald Trump says "great things" can happen for the Iranian people following his announcement that the U.S. was withdrawing from a global nuclear agreement.

Trump predicted Tuesday that Iranians would someday "want to make a new and lasting deal" and that "when they do, I am ready, willing and able."

He added that a new deal could lead to the "peace and stability we all want in the Middle East."

Trump was speaking from the White House when he denounced the previous Iran deal as "defective at its core."

Despite lobbying from European allies, Trump moved forward with his campaign promise to pull out of the President Barack Obama-era agreement.

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A senior advisor to Iran 's supreme leader says Tehran could boost its uranium enrichment to "five Uranium enrichment threat. The 2015 accord capped Iran 's enrichment maximum at 3.67 percent Uranium enrichment "will increase as much as needed for our peaceful activities," Ali Akbar Velayati

Iran ’s atomic authority warned that they could produce highly enriched uranium in just two days, should Under the JCPOA, Iran may only enrich uranium up to 3.67 percent, which has no military Tehran also put two thirds of their gas centrifuges and all of their more advanced Zippe centrifuges

The Iranians have been sharply critical of the Republican president's plan to withdraw.

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2:25 p.m.

President Donald Trump says the United States is withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, which he is calling "defective at its core."

Trump on Tuesday signed a presidential memorandum withdrawing from the 2015 agreement and he is planning to reinstall sanctions on the Iranian regime. He says in an address to the nation that he will be reinstituting the highest level of sanctions and warning any country not to help the Iranian government.

Trump says America "will not be held hostage to nuclear blackmail" and will not allow "a regime that chants 'Death to America'" to get access to nuclear weapons.

The president says he made the decision after consulting with U.S. allies.

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2:20 p.m.

President Donald Trump is railing against the Iran nuclear agreement as "a horrible, one-sided deal" based on a lie.

Trump's comments Tuesday come as he announces plans to follow through on his campaign threat to pull out of the landmark nuclear accord with Iran during a televised address at the White House.

Trump says that if he allowed the deal to stand, there would soon be a nuclear arms race.

He also says a constructive deal could easily have been struck at the time, but it wasn't.

Trump is calling Iran a "regime of great terror."

And he says that "no action taken by the regime has been more dangerous than its pursuit of nuclear weapons and the means of delivering them."

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2:15 p.m.

Israel's military says forces are on high alert and is urging civilians in the Golan Heights near Syria to prepare bomb shelters.

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Iran will start enriching uranium to 56-percent level if Israel and the West keep on pressurising Tehran with sanctions, Iranian religious leader Seyed Reza Uranium enrichment is a central issue in Iran 's controversial nuclear programme. Currently, Tehran possesses 20-percent- enriched uranium which

Enriched uranium is used to make reactor fuel, but also nuclear weapons. Iran had two facilities - Natanz and Fordo - where uranium hexafluoride Under the JCPOA, Iran said it would redesign the reactor so it could not produce any weapons-grade plutonium, and that all spent fuel would be sent

The military directive Tuesday came "following the identification of irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria." It said defense systems have been deployed.

The statement came as President Donald Trump was set to announce Tuesday whether the U.S. will exit the 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers.

The possibility of the nuclear deal collapsing has raised concerns it might embolden Iran to strike Israeli targets.

Israel is believed to have been behind recent airstrikes on military bases in Syria that killed Iranian soldiers, prompting Tehran to vow retaliation. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied involvement. It has warned it will not tolerate archenemy Iran establishing itself militarily on its doorstep.

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1:40 p.m.

Iran's state-run news agency is quoting an anonymous official saying President Hassan Rouhani (hah-SAHN' roh-HAH'-nee) will give a televised address after President Donald Trump announces his intention to pull America out of the Iran nuclear deal.

IRNA filed the report late Tuesday, just ahead of Trump's speech from the White House's Diplomatic Room.

IRNA offered no other immediate details.

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12:55 p.m.

President Donald Trump is following through on his campaign threat and withdrawing the U.S. from the landmark nuclear accord with Iran.

That's according to two people familiar with the decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record. They did not have any details on how the withdrawal would unfold.

Trump is expected to make the announcement Tuesday afternoon.

It wasn't immediately clear which sanctions lifted under the deal that Trump plans to immediately re-impose. He has several options. A more limited move could leave Trump more room to potentially stay in the deal if other members agree to toughen it.

The president has long criticized the 2015 agreement, which lifted most U.S. and international sanctions against the country. In return, Iran agreed to restrictions on its nuclear program making it impossible to produce a bomb, along with rigorous inspections.

The decision deals a profound blow to some of America's closest allies — including Britain, France and Germany, who joined the U.S. only three years ago to sign the deal.

 

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