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World U.S.'s Pompeo says Iran's latest nuclear steps raise concern

18:00  07 november  2019
18:00  07 november  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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“ Iran ’ s expansion of proliferation-sensitive activities raises concerns that Iran is positioning itself to have the option of a rapid nuclear breakout,” Pompeo said in a statement. “It is now time for all nations to reject this regime’ s nuclear extortion and take serious steps to increase pressure.

Iran is moving toward being able to develop a nuclear weapon in a short time frame, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday, calling Tehran’ s actions to expand its nuclear program “extortion” that should inspire “all nations” to increase pressure.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iran's recent "nuclear escalations" raise concerns that should move all countries to increase pressure on Tehran, U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pomeo said on Thursday, as Iran resumed uranium enrichment at one of its nuclear facilities.

Mike Pompeo wearing a suit and tie: FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo is pictured at NATO headquarters in Brussels © Reuters/POOL New FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo is pictured at NATO headquarters in Brussels

"Iran's expansion of proliferation-sensitive activities raises concerns that Iran is positioning itself to have the option of a rapid nuclear breakout," Pompeo said in a statement.

"It is now time for all nations to reject this regime's nuclear extortion and take serious steps to increase pressure. Iran’s continued and numerous nuclear provocations demand such action."

(Reporting by Susan Heavey; Editing by Alex Richardson)

France, Germany, Britain urge Iran to reverse nuclear deal breaches .
IRAN-NUCLEAR/EUROPE (UPDATE 2, PIX):UPDATE 2-France, Germany, Britain urge Iran to reverse nuclear deal breachesIn a joint statement, the three countries, known as the E3, warned Iran that its latest actions were hindering their efforts to defuse tensions in the region.

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