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Iran will cross Nuclear Deal stockpile limit for enriched uranium in 10 days, announces Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran

Tehran: Iran has announced that they would violate the nuclear deal signed with the western countries in 2015. The Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran declared that it would cross the limit on the stockpile of enriched uranium, agreed upon under the nuclear deal, in the next ten days. Iran would certainly have more than 300 kilograms of stockpiles of enriched uranium, Iran’s atomic energy agency claimed. Therefore, the US media have alleged that the enrichment would take Iran closer to being a nuclear state.

Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI), held the United States responsible for the instability in the Middle East. The sanctions US President Donald Trump imposed against Iran, violate the 2015 nuclear deal, Kamalvandi alleged. “If Iran feels that the sanctions have been reinstated or not lifted, Iran has the right to partly or on the whole suspend its commitments,” Kamalvandi threatened.

Iran had already accelerated uranium enrichment to protest against the strict US sanctions. Kamalvandi highlighted that Iran had quadrupled production of enriched uranium in the last month. He added that “With the current pace, Iran will breach the set limit of 300 Kilograms for stockpiles of enriched uranium by 27th of June”. “Also, it becomes a violation of the four-year-old nuclear deal with world powers. If the European countries are firm on the Iran nuclear deal, the deal can still be saved”, Kamalvandi asserted.

In 2015, the then US President Barack Obama, along with the European nations, signed with Iran a Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA) or the Iran nuclear deal. Under the agreement, the western powers had eased sanctions against Iran as also augmented trade and economic cooperation for Tehran. Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia and Israel had accused Iran of continuing with the process of developing the nuclear bomb under the garb of the agreement. After the US President, Donald Trump assumed office, he withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal immediately and revoked waivers for the state. The Islamic Republic was thus infuriated with the US decision and began threatening withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) says that stockpiles of 20% enriched uranium, from the nuclear facilities, was sufficient for civilian usage. Enriching uranium beyond this limit indicates preparations towards producing a nuclear bomb. Even so, Iran has declared it is crossing the threshold of 300 kilograms of stockpiles of enriched uranium, thereby sending the message that it was taking steps towards becoming a nuclear state. On the other hand, Saudi Arabia had already declared in the past that if Iran acquired nuclear capabilities, the kingdom would not remain quiet and follow suit.

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