Iran informs IAEA of start of process to boost uranium enrichment

Glen Norman
June 6, 2018

Netanyahu, who has railed against the deal which offers sanctions relief in exchange for strict limits on Iran's nuclear activities, will hold talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin in the late afternoon, followed by a joint news conference.

The International Atomic Energy Agency confirmed it had received a letter from Iran, which Salehi said was submitted on Monday and outlined Tehran's plans.

Israel trolled Iran on Monday with a gif from the film "Mean Girls" after Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called for their complete annihilation.

Speaking at the first meeting of the IAEA's board of governors since US President Donald Trump threw the future of the deal in doubt in May with his decision to withdraw, Director General Yukiya Amano said the agency had had access to all sites in Iran that it needed to visit.

Under the global agreement, Iran agreed to dismantle its nuclear program and be subject to monitoring in exchange for the lifting on worldwide nuclear related sanctions.

European governments have been scrambling to protect their businesses from renewed USA sanctions in order to keep Iran in the deal.

Israeli Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz called for a military coalition against Tehran if it proceeded with enriching military-grade uranium.

Iran has strictly and in all circumstances denied pursuing any military ambitions through its nuclear work.

Khamenei and various Iranian political figures have already warned that Iran could leave the agreement if it no longer receives the economic benefits it signed up for.

It also says the time limits on the accord do not guarantee Iran will not eventually obtain nuclear weapons, while it also wants to see restrictions on Iranian missile development.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was met by scores of protesters calling for him to be tried as a war criminal on Tuesday at the Paris stop of his tour of European capitals.

"Of course, I will reiterate an unchanging truth: Israel will not allow Iran to achieve nuclear weapons", he added. The Trump administration has said it will apply severe sanctions on Iran by the end of the year, including penalties against companies that trade with the country. Iran will announce that the process of increasing the capacity to produce...

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu reacted swiftly to Salehi's announcement, declaring that the Islamic republic's aim was "unlimited enrichment of uranium to create an arsenal of nuclear bombs" to destroy his country.

The European powers are trying to come up with a package to ring-fence trade with Iran against renewed USA financial sanctions to dissuade Tehran from quitting the accord.

Britain is sweating over information transferred to the United Kingdom that was stolen from the Iranian nuclear archive by the Mossad earlier this year, the British Times newspaper reported Monday.

The two leaders also discussed the Israelo-palestinian conflict with Macron once again condemning Donald Trump's decision to move the United States embassy to Jerusalem and the deaths of at least 58 Palestinians in mid-May.

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