Iran vows to breach uranium stockpile limit – US deploys F-22 Raptors to the Gulf
Iran will soon exceed the enriched uranium limit under its nuclear deal after remaining signatories to the pact fell short of Tehran’s demands to be shielded from US sanctions, the semi-official Fars news agency cited an “informed source” as saying.
Iran has been threatening to surpass the limit of 300kg of low-enriched uranium that the country is allowed to possess under the nuclear agreement unless it receives the sanctions relief that the deal promised in return.
Iran’s envoy to a meeting of the remaining signatories to the 2015 nuclear accord said on Friday that European countries had offered too little at last-ditch talks to persuade Tehran to back off from its plans to breach limits imposed by the deal.
“As the commission meeting in Vienna could not satisfy Iran’s just demands … Iran is determined to cut its commitments to the deal and the 300 kg enriched uranium limit will be soon breached,” the unnamed source said, according to Fars.
The move comes amid escalating tensions in the region, with President Donald Trump last week saying he had been close to launching a strike on Iran after its forces shot down a US surveillance drone in the Strait of Hormuz.
The US Air Force said Friday that it had deployed its most advanced fighter jet, the F-22 Raptor, to the region for the first time to “defend American forces and interests.”
It did not specify how many of the hi-tech planes had been sent.
A photo handout showed five of the jets flying above the Al Udeid Airbase in Qatar.
In addition, President Donald Trump imposed new sanctions on Iran on Monday targeting Iran’s supreme leader and his associates with financial sanctions, the latest action the US has taken to pressure Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and supporting terror groups.