Unic Press UK: The Islamic Republic of Iran would on Sunday exceed the 3.67% uranium enrichment limit, says an advisor to the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei, Ali Akbar Velayati.
In an interview Friday, Velayati said that the planned increase to the country’s enriched uranium to at least 5% on Sunday, the July 7 2019 is part of the Iranian government’s decision to reduce its commitments under the Iran Nuclear Deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) because the deal had been totally violated by the United States and indirectly undermined by the Europeans.
“For instance, in order for us to be able to make use of uranium at Bushehr reactor, a five-percent purity is needed, and it is a totally peaceful purpose that we generate power from the reactor jointly built by Iran and Russia. So far … the Americans have violated the JCPOA directly and the Europeans have done so indirectly; so we will show reaction exactly proportional to the extent of their breach of the deal,” Velayati said.
There’s been intense tensions between the U.S. and Iran over the years, escalating last year, May 8, 2018, when the U.S. government withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal – also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, (JCPOA) – and imposed another round of U.S. sanctions against Iran.
U.S. President Donald Trump had claimed that the JCPOA – Iran nuclear deal – remains a bad deal for the world and the United States, insisting that a new agreement is long overdue.
Washington says it’s open to a negotiation on a fresh deal, but Iran’s Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said in May 2019 that there won’t be talks, labeling the U.S. a “bully.”