Iran uranium enrichment passes deal cap, Europe warned

Asked if Tehran could withdraw entirely from the deal, foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said "all the options" were possible but "no decision has been taken."
Monday 08/07/2019
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi speaks at a media conference in Tehran, Iran May 28, 2019. (AP)
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi speaks at a media conference in Tehran, Iran May 28, 2019. (AP)

Iran's uranium enrichment level passed 4.5% Monday, exceeding the 2015 nuclear deal cap, Iranian atomic energy organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said according to the semi-official ISNA News Agency.

"This morning Iran passed the 4.5% level in uranium enrichment... this level of purity completely satisfies the power plant fuel requirements of the country," Kamalvandi added.

 

Iran warned European countries Monday against any escalatory response to its move to breach the uranium enrichment cap set by a landmark 2015 nuclear deal.

If European parties to the agreement "do certain strange acts then we would skip all the next steps (in the plan to scale back commitments) and implement the last one," foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.

He did not specify what the final step would be.

Iran said Sunday it was hours away from breaching the uranium enrichment limit, stepping back from another commitment more than a year after the United States pulled out of the nuclear accord.

Asked if Tehran could withdraw entirely from the deal, Mousavi said "all the options" were possible but "no decision has been taken."

France, Germany and Britain -- the remaining Europeans partners of the international deal -- have urged Tehran to halt its advance towards breaching the cap.

But Iran says it has lost patience with a perceived lack of action by the European side to help Tehran economically in the face of crippling US sanctions.

(AFP)