Iran threatens Europe with a ‘stronger step’ away from the nuclear deal

Iran threatens Europe with a 'stronger step' away from the nuclear deal

Iran will take a “stronger step” in reducing its commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal if European countries don’t take action to save the pact, its foreign ministry’s spokesman said on Monday.

“Iran is prepared for reducing its commitments if the European parties do not show enough determination… The third step has been designed and will be stronger than the first and second steps to create balance between Iran’s rights and commitments to the JCPOA,” state news agency IRNA quoted the spokesman, Abbas Mousavi, as saying.

Iran has said it will breach the deal’s limits on its nuclear activities one by one, ratcheting up pressure on the countries who still hope to save it.

Tehran has threatened to take further steps by Sept. 6, such as enriching uranium to 20% or restarting mothballed centrifuges, machines that purify uranium for use as fuel in power plants or, if very highly enriched, in weapons.

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Iran recently started enriching uranium beyond a limit established in a 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers, a deal from which Trump withdrew. Trump has since intensified economic sanctions on Tehran, and tensions have escalated.

In July, PM Netanyahu condemned the EU’s response to Iran’s breaches of its nuclear limit, saying it reminds the European appeasement to Nazi Germany ahead of World War Two.

I call on my friends, the heads of France, Britain, and Germany – you signed this deal and you said that as soon as they take this step, severe sanctions will be imposed – that was the Security Council resolution. Where are you?”, he asked.

“The enrichment of uranium is made for one reason and one reason only – it’s for the creation of atomic bombs,” Netanyahu added.