MANAMA, Bahrain – European efforts to convince Iran to stay within the framework of the nuclear agreement have been inadequate and the country will break the boundaries of uranium stocks "soon", Tehran & # 39; s semi-final Fars News Agency reported Saturday, a step that could further escalate tensions with the United States.
Iran has threatened to exceed the 300 kg (660 pounds) low enriched uranium limit that the country is allowed to hold under the nuclear agreement unless it receives the sanction relief promised by the agreement.
Breaking the border would be a symbolic move, but would not put Iran much closer to building a nuclear weapon. The 300 kilogram limit for uranium enriched to 3.67 percent is suitable for use in power plants, but falls far short of the more than 90 percent enriched uranium needed for fissile material in a nuclear bomb.
The move would come against the scenes knife edge tensions in the region, with President Trump last week saying he had been close to launching a strike on Iran after its forces shot down an American surveillance drone in the Hormuz Strait. The United States has also accused Iran of using magnetic limpet mines to attack petrochemical tankers in Oman Bay – which Tehran denies.
The US Air Force said Friday that it had exploited its most advanced fighter aircraft, F-22 Raptor , to the region for the first time "defending US forces and interests". It published pictures of the aircraft landing on Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar one day earlier.
The United States last year withdrew from the Obama era nuclear agreement between Tehran and six world powers. Trump, who describes the deal as "the rat," has since reintroduced all sanctions and introduced more and paralyzed Iran's economy.
The remaining signatories have tried to keep the deal alive. But Iran has said it should no longer be limited by the terms of the agreement because it cannot reap any of the benefits as long as international companies are concerned about violating US sanctions.
European countries say the agreement is crucial to regional security. The UK, France and Germany have been distorted to launch a complicated exchange system in an attempt to enable European companies to continue trading with Iran and persuade it to comply with the agreement. Following a meeting between the remaining signatories on Friday in Vienna, the EU announced that the swap arrangement was operational. Iran had initially welcomed this movement as a "positive step" that it would "study."
On Saturday, a named "informed source" from Fars showed that the European system had become short.
The effort "failed to meet our demands," said the official. "Iran is determined to reduce its commitments to the agreement and the 300 kg enriched uranium limit will soon be broken."
However, Iran's official news agency, IRNA, did not carry similar statements. An article published by Tasnim, a news store near Iranian hardliners, questioned whether Iranian President Hassan Rouhani would "fall back to European lollipop," suggesting that there may still be debate in the Islamic Republic on how to must respond.
There is "concern" that the Iranian government will fall to the "defective" trait and backtrack of its ultimatum to reduce its commitments to the nuclear deal, the Tasnim article says.
The bartering system is limited and aims to allow small and medium-sized businesses to continue trading with Iran, focusing on essential drugs such as medicine and humanitarian goods which are not subject to sanctions.
However, Iran has claimed that it should also be allowed to sell oil.
Brian Hook, US Special Representative for Iran, told reporters Friday in London that any country buying Iranian oil would be subject to sanctions.
Iran had previously threatened to violate warehouse boundaries on Thursday before waiting for the results of the Friday meeting in Vienna.