Iran to boost uranium enrichment level, breaching nuclear pact - Rouhani

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Iran will boost its uranium enrichment after 7 July to whatever levels it needs beyond the cap set in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, defying US efforts to force Tehran to renegotiate the pact.

Iran announced this week it has stockpiled more low-enriched uranium than is permitted under the accord, a move that prompted US President Donald Trump - who withdrew the United States from the deal last year - to warn Iran was “playing with fire”.

European co-signatories said on Tuesday they were “extremely concerned” by Tehran’s apparent breach of the deal while Israel said it was preparing for possible involvement in any military confrontation between Iran and the United States.

“Our level of enrichment will no longer be 3.67. We will put this commitment aside by whatever amount we feel like, by whatever amount is our necessity, our need. We will take this above 3.67,” said Rouhani, according to IRIB news agency.

Uranium refined to a fissile purity of 3.67% is deemed suitable for electricity generation and is the maximum allowed by the deal. Enrichment to 90% yields bomb-grade material.
He said that if the other signatories do not protect trade with Iran promised under the deal but blocked by Trump’s reimposition of tough sanctions, Iran would start to revive its Arak heavy-water reactor after 7 July.

As required by the accord, Iran said in January 2016 that it had removed the core of the reactor and filled it with cement.

“From (7 July ) onward with the Arak reactor, if you don’t operate (according to) the programme and time frame of all the commitments you’ve given us, we will return the Arak reactor to its previous condition,” said Rouhani.

“Meaning, the condition that you say is dangerous and can produce plutonium,” he said, referring to a key ingredient in a nuclear weapon. “We will return to that unless you take action regarding all your commitments regarding Arak.”

He kept the door open to negotiations, saying Iran would again reduce its stockpile of enriched uranium below the 300-kilogram limit set by the nuclear pact if signatories Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China honoured their deal pledges.
https://ewn.co.za/2019/07/03/iran-to-boost-uranium-enrichment-level-breaching-nuclear-pact-rouhani
 

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I dont see the problem with what Iran is doing. Good for the goose and all that.
Yep, if the other parties to the deal are not holding to their commitments, then Iran is not obligated to either.
However this will be spun to favour further action against Iran if they are not too careful.
 

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Yep, if the other parties to the deal are not holding to their commitments, then Iran is not obligated to either.
However this will be spun to favour further action against Iran if they are not too careful.
Yip. The US looks for any excuse to "liberate".
 

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The warmongers are ratcheting up the rhetoric.

Top Iranian commander says country has 'secret weapons'
https://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/FM-Katz-Israel-bracing-for-possible-military-confrontation-with-Iran-594462

Israel says it is bracing militarily for possible U.S.-Iran escalation
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mideast-iran-israel/israel-says-it-is-bracing-militarily-for-possible-us-iran-escalation-idUSKCN1TX1Z4
Israel preparing for possible 'military conflagration' with Iran, official says
https://thehill.com/policy/international/middle-east-north-africa/451386-israel-preparing-for-possible-military

The International community needs to put pressure on the hypocrites in Israel and its clandestine nuclear weapons. It is simply idiotic to carry on letting Israel dictate who in the Middle East can and cannot have nuclear weapons when Israel is NOT part of the NPT and do just about everything to prevent IAEA inspections. And Iran is a bunch twats coming with its threats to Israel. Really stupid.
 

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Iran has every right to do whatever it wants with it's nuclear programs in my opinion. US has no barriers when it comes to what they choose to do, why should they want to impose their will on others.

Fark 'em I say
 

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I always ask myself, if Bush JR was still in power, what would happen right about now?

yet another war in the Middle east? or is Trump not that big of a war monger like Bush Jr was?
 

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I always ask myself, if Bush JR was still in power, what would happen right about now?

yet another war in the Middle east? or is Trump not that big of a war monger like Bush Jr was?
dont think trump is an oilman like bush was, is he?
 

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I wouldn't want Iran to have nuclear weapons, but they can't be expected to adhere to the agreement if they're getting punished anyway.

I always ask myself, if Bush JR was still in power, what would happen right about now?

yet another war in the Middle east? or is Trump not that big of a war monger like Bush Jr was?
I thought Trump was all about withdrawing the US from the world.
 

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https://mosaicmagazine.com/observation/politics-current-affairs/2019/06/what-iran-is-really-up-to/

And herein lies a neglected tale of its own. The nuclear deal came into effect before construction at Arak was complete. The terms of the deal required the Iranians to destroy a component of the Arak core, called the calandria, without which it is impossible to make weapons-grade plutonium. So the Iranians dutifully replaced the calandria with a new element that posed no risk of proliferation, and they poured cement into the original calandria’s tubes, rendering it unusable—or so the architects of the JCPOA thought. But in an interview on Iranian television last January, Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of the country’s Atomic Energy Organization, revealed that he had secretly imported a spare set of tubes for the calandria to replace the ones plugged with cement. On television, Salehi said: “When they told us to pour cement into the tubes, . . . we said, ‘Fine. We will pour.’ But we did not tell them that we had other tubes.” So much for the hard distinction between compliance with the JCPOA and non-compliance.
In addition to the prospective non-compliant measures listed by Rouhani, the latest verification report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reveals that Iran has begun installing as many as 33 IR-6 centrifuges. These enrich uranium at ten times the speed of the IR-1 centrifuges that the Iranians currently operate; the JCPOA prohibits their use until 2024. The Iranians, no doubt, will argue that installing is not the same thing as using, so they are technically not in violation of the JCPOA. At the very least, and more to the point, they have placed themselves in a position to enrich uranium much more quickly than ever. Olli Heinonen, the former deputy head of the IAEA, estimates their present breakout time to be no longer than five months.
The great conceit of Barack Obama’s approach to Iran was to believe that there existed a clever diplomatic way to stop it from getting a nuclear bomb. There is not. Iran’s nuclear-weapons program will come to an end only if the United States wrests it from the talons of the regime. This need not mean war, but it will require a prolonged coercive strategy, one element of which, but only one, is the threat of war. The great paradox—true when first formulated as a general adage in the ancient world, truer than ever today—is that the more successfully the United States transmits a readiness for war, the less likely war will become.
 

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Why does the US care whether or not Iran obtain nuclear weapons? North Korea who are far less stable have nuclear. Pakistan who sponsor terror also have nuclear weapons. What's so special that they expend so much energy on Iran?
 

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Why does the US care whether or not Iran obtain nuclear weapons? North Korea who are far less stable have nuclear. Pakistan who sponsor terror also have nuclear weapons. What's so special that they expend so much energy on Iran?
Probably because the US bears a lot of the blame for Iran being run by a bunch of religious nut jobs..
 

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Why does the US care whether or not Iran obtain nuclear weapons? North Korea who are far less stable have nuclear. Pakistan who sponsor terror also have nuclear weapons. What's so special that they expend so much energy on Iran?
The US and Isreal are very strong allies. So are the Saudis and the US. Iran has repeatedly chanted "Death to Israel". Iran is also responsible for the biggest humanitarian crisis on the planet at the moment (Yemen).

https://thehill.com/opinion/international/422361-it-is-irans-war-in-yemen-and-americas-problem

The mullahs of Iran have declared war not only on the West and Israel, but also on Sunni Islam. Saudi Arabia, home to Mecca and Medina near the Red Sea, and Egypt, home of al-Azhar University, are prime targets. Iran has been harassing shipping in the Persian Gulf — east of Saudi Arabia — for years. Iranian fast attack craft have charged U.S. Navy ships, their drones have buzzed American fighter jets, and lasers were directed at U.S. helicopters operating at sea. These efforts culminated in the capture of 10 American sailors in 2016.

Such harassment largely stopped in 2017, but Iran has been sailing warships in the Red Sea to the west of Saudi Arabia. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander, Qassem Soleimani, declared, “The Red Sea, which was secure, is no longer secure with the American presence.”

Iran has no border on the Red Sea, but a base in the heel of the Saudi boot, i.e., in Yemen, would put it in a perfect position to encircle Saudi Arabia by water, and to also undermine Egypt, Jordan and Israel. It would allow access to overland routes through Somalia, Eritrea and Sudan — and directly into Egypt — for the purpose of arming rebels along the coast and the militias Egypt has been fighting in the Sinai desert.

Therefore, Iran has been stoking the Houthi insurrection in Yemen, providing, among other things, long-range missiles that have been fired into Riyadh. U.S. warships have intercepted several Iranian weapons shipments intended for Houthi militias. Other shipments have been intercepted coming overland from Oman. All such shipments to the Houthis are in violation of U.N. resolutions.
If you look at Iran's actions as set out in this article, and the revelations from the Mosaic article I posted above, do you think opening up the Iran economy while they are so militant (and while they are using nuclear weapons as a way to beat the US into submission of their demands) is a good idea? It really is just delaying the development of a nuclear weapon while they build up their economy to seek further military and terrorist actions.

But, the US are the bad guys and Iran are acting well within their rights according to some in this thread. :rolleyes:
 
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If anyone needs to brush up on the history of this conflict.

 
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