Friday, 17 August, 2018

Netanyahu says not surprised by Iran's enrichment intentions

Binyamin Netanyahu the Israeli prime minister presented on TV in April what he said was evidence of Iran’s duplicity Binyamin Netanyahu the Israeli prime minister presented on TV in April what he said was evidence of Iran’s duplicity Amir Cohen Reuters
Faye Gross | 05 June, 2018, 17:27

The European states have been trying to come up with a package to ring-fence trade with Iran against renewed US financial sanctions to dissuade Tehran from quitting the accord.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday that he had ordered preparations to increase uranium enrichment capacity if a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers falls apart after the U.S. withdrawal from it last month. "UF6 (uranium hexafluoride). will start on Tuesday", Behrouz Kamalvandi told ISNA news agency.

Kamalvandi has said Iran is preparing to expand its uranium enrichment capacity.

With partners in Berlin, Paris and London still reeling from President Donald Trump's decision last month to exit the hard-fought 2015 accord, Netanyahu expected to seek European cooperation on a still-to-be-determined Plan B.

They are seeking to ring-fence trade with Iran against new US financial sanctions to dissuade Tehran from quitting the deal. Iran has repeatedly denied seeking a nuclear weapon from enrichment.

Last week, the chief executive of French oil giant Total - a symbol of foreign companies' return to Iran after 2015 - said the chances of winning sanctions exemptions were "very slim".

The Israeli minister's comments come as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has embarked on a tour of Europe to persuade European leaders to follow the U.S. and ditch the Iran deal.

It says it needs more enriched uranium for its only nuclear power plant.

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Tehran has been able to bankroll a growing military presence in countries like Syria and Yemen because sanctions had been lifted in exchange for its halt in nuclear enrichment activities, Netanyahu argued.

'The Arabs and Israel surely would be there too'.

The vote came after Iran and the P5+1 group of countries signed a nuclear agreement in 2015.

One speaker at the protest said that "Israel puts over a million people in Zionist concentration camps, yet calls itself the only democracy in the Middle East".

Major global companies are already beginning to distance themselves from Iran in fear of USA sanctions.

But the European Union believes the existing Iran nuclear deal is effective and has largely curtailed the Islamic country's nuclear activities.

Iran insists its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful, and that its compliance with the deal has been verified by the IAEA. The prime minister urged the IAEA to fulfill its mission and investigate Iran's nuclear program based on this new information.

The Israeli Embassy in the USA responded to Khamenei's colorful language with a gif from the 2004 film "Mean Girls", in which Regina George, played by Rachel McAdams, Cady Heron, played by Lindsay Lohan's character, "Why are you so obsessed with me?"

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