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Iran: Increasing uranium enrichment to higher levels, relaunching Arak heavy water reactor

Bushehr nuclear site in southern Iran
Bushehr nuclear site in southern Iran

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Iran, July 5, 2019On Wednesday, Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani threatened the world with increasing the enriched uranium to a higher level than 3.67% which has been permitted under the nuclear deal reached with world powers back in 2015. This would definitely breach the commitments Iran agreed to with the P5+1 during their nuclear negotiations leading to an accord officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

“If there is no tangible and practical step by the opposite side, Iran would go to the next phase from July 7. On this date, the level of uranium enrichment by Iran would no longer be 3.67% and we will depart from this commitment and raise the level of our uranium enrichment to any needed or desired level,” Rouhani threatened.

“If our counterparts do not act upon their full commitments based on the timeline until July 7, the Arak [heavy water] reactor will go back to the previous statues that they claimed was dangerous and could produce plutonium, unless they commit themselves to all their pledges in regards to Arak reactor,” the mullahs’ president added.

This threat by Rouhani is definitely nuclear blackmailing to force the Europeans to help the regime circumvent U.S. sanctions. What the mullahs’ regime is aiming for is insurance for selling oil and creating a credit line through banks. But it seems clear that the Europeans did not budge to this demand in their last joint commission held in Vienna. In response to European firmness, the regime announced on the same date that it is exceeding the 300-kilogram uranium enrichment stockpile ceiling in Iran as designated by the JCPOA.

In the same speech, however, out of fear of international repercussion of his breaching the JCPOA mandates, Rouhani also begged for negotiation.

“The step Iran has taken to reduce its obligations, is not to strike against the JCPOA, but it is to save the JCPOA because we believe that if we don’t do anything, the JCPOA would be destroyed,” Rouhani claimed. “Iran’s advice to Europe and the US is to return to the negotiating table and respect the law and the Security Council’s resolutions. We will return to the negotiating table, anytime they return to JCPOA.”

Fearing the consequences and the possible repercussion of his claims and threats, Rouhani ridiculously claimed, “If today we are exceeding the 300 kilograms of enriched uranium, and we will continue to do so, it is just to save the nuclear deal.” 

This comes at a time when the remaining JCPOA signatories have time and again warned the clerical regime not to violate its JCPOA obligations and some analysts have insisted that INSTEX would be in deeper trouble if Iran violates its end of the deal. In that case, Iran’s nuclear dossier will be referred to the UN Security Council and more international sanctions would be imposed.