Iran exceeds 60% of the uranium enrichment threshold

“Iran has enriched uranium to 63 percent, and if necessary, we will immediately start enriching uranium above that level,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on state television today.

The Iranian president later said that negotiators of the Vienna nuclear talks should accept Iran’s terms to resolve the remaining issues and allow the world to grow and interact. “The United States and Europe need to know that Iran seeks nuclear energy so as not to produce nuclear weapons,” Rouhani said, explaining that the Islamic Republic wants to increase its nuclear, space, and missile capabilities to support the country. industry.

“We do not seek war and tension, but in the meantime, we will not bow to our enemies and our defenses will be uncomfortable,” he continued. The US recently lifted several economic sanctions against Iran. The action affected three former officials and two oil-related companies; comes on the eve of a new round of indirect talks between Tehran and Washington in Vienna on nuclear energy (JCPOA) over the weekend. White House sources said the White House gesture, hours after the meeting, could support a full US return to the pact signed by Barack Obama and rejected three years later by his successor Donald Trump.

Biden’s government remains cautious and insists it doesn’t attach too much importance to the decision. At the same time, sanctions were imposed on a group of people and activities led by Saeed Ahmad Muhammad al-Jamal for supporting the Houthi rebels in the recent bloody war with the government. Saudi Arabia in Yemen. The sanctions lifted yesterday affect former officials and companies involved in “buying, selling, transporting or distributing Iranian petrochemicals”.

State Department spokesman Ned Price stressed that there was “no connection” between sanctions and negotiations with world powers and the Islamic Republic. “What we want to say to Iran,” he added, “is that we want to be reasonable.” When sanctions are no longer justified, we are ready to lift them, but when they are justified, we are ready to impose them. “

International diplomacy, meanwhile, is focused on Vienna, where the sixth round of indirect US-Iran talks is scheduled to begin. Over the past two years, Tehran has gradually violated the terms of the pact and relaxed restrictions on nuclear activities.

The first movement began in 2019 in response to Trump’s exit from the JCPOA in May 2018 and the reimposition of the toughest sanctions in history that led to the collapse of the Iranian economy. Iran’s presidential election on June 18 will mark the era of moderate Hassan Rouhani to bring ultra-conservatives to power. The changes could also affect the timing, methods, and outcome of nuclear negotiations.

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