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Nuclear deal crumbling: France threatens sanctions as Iran says it will enrich uranium

By World Israel News Staff and AP

Iran’s president said Wednesday that it will begin keeping its excess uranium and heavy water from its nuclear program, setting a 60-day deadline for new terms to its nuclear deal with world powers before it will resume higher uranium enrichment.

This despite France’s warning on Tuesday that even a partial pullout could lead to the reimposing of international sanctions, Reuters reports.

A senior French official told Reuters on Tuesday, “We do not want Tehran to announce tomorrow actions that would violate the nuclear agreement, because in this case we Europeans would be obliged to reimpose sanctions as per the terms of the agreement.”

“We sent messages to Tehran to say that we were determined to implement the agreement, that we really wanted them to stay in this agreement even though we took into account the complexity of the situation and passed on the same messages to our American allies,” the source said.

Hassan Rouhani’s address to the nation came on the anniversary of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw America from the atomic accord. Rouhani said Iran wanted to negotiate new terms with remaining partners in the deal, but acknowledged that the situation was dire.

The 2015 deal saw sanctions on Iran lifted in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. After the U.S. withdrew from the accord it restored crippling sanctions on Iran, exacerbating a severe economic crisis.

Iran sent letters Wednesday on its decision to the leaders of Britain, China, the European Union, France and Germany. All were signatories to the nuclear deal and continue to support it. A letter was also to go to Russia.

There was no immediate response from the U.S. However, the White House said Sunday it would dispatch an aircraft carrier and a bomber wing to the Persian Gulf over what it described as a new threat from Iran.

Under terms of the deal, Iran can keep a stockpile of no more than 300 kilograms (660 pounds) of low-enriched uranium. That’s compared to the 10,000 kilograms (22,046 pounds) of higher-enriched uranium it once had.

The U.S. last week ended deals allowing Iran to exchange its enriched uranium for unrefined yellowcake uranium with Russia, as well as it being able to sell its heavy water to Oman. The U.S. also has ended waivers for nations buying Iranian crude oil, a key source of revenue for Iran’s government.

Currently, the accord limits Iran to enriching uranium to 3.67 percent, which can fuel a commercial nuclear power plant. Weapons-grade uranium needs to be enriched to around 90 percent. However, once a country enriches uranium to around 20 percent, scientists say the time needed to reach 90 percent is halved. Iran has previously enriched to 20 percent.

Rouhani said the decision was a meant to resuscitate the agreement. “This surgery is to save the (deal), not destroy it,” he said.

“If the five countries join negotiations and help Iran to reach its benefits in the field of oil and banking, Iran will return to its commitments according to the nuclear deal,” Rouhani said.

Europe has made efforts to salvage the agreement with the European Union creating a trade mechanism to bypass U.S. sanctions, despite the Trump administration warning it not to do so.

由世界以色列新闻工作人员和AP

伊朗总统周三表示,它将开始从其核计划中保留其过剩的铀和重水,为其与世界大国的核协议设定60天的新条款限期,然后才能恢复更高的铀浓缩。

据路透社报道,尽管法国周二警告称,即使部分撤军也可能导致重新实施国际制裁。

法国一名高级官员周二告诉路透社,“我们不希望德黑兰明天宣布会违反核协议的行动,因为在这种情况下,我们欧洲人将被迫根据协议的条款重新实施制裁。”

“我们向德黑兰发出信息说我们决心执行协议,我们真的希望他们留在这个协议中,即使我们考虑到局势的复杂性并向我们的美国盟友传递了同样的信息,”消息人士说。

哈桑·鲁哈尼(Hassan Rouhani)致全国的讲话是在唐纳德·特朗普总统决定将美国从原子协议中撤出的周年纪念日。鲁哈尼表示,伊朗希望与该交易中的其他合作伙伴谈判新条款,但承认情况严峻。

2015年的协议解除了对伊朗的制裁,以换取其核计划的限制。在美国退出协议后,它恢复了对伊朗的严厉制裁,加剧了严重的经济危机。

伊朗周三致函英国,中国,欧盟,法国和德国领导人。所有人都是核协议的签署者并继续支持它。还有一封信要去俄罗斯。

美国没有立即做出反应。然而,白宫周日表示将向波斯湾派遣一艘航空母舰和一架轰炸机机翼,因为它被称为伊朗的新威胁。

根据协议条款,伊朗可以储存不超过300公斤(660磅)的低浓缩铀。这与它曾经拥有的10,000公斤(22,046磅)高浓缩铀相比。

美国上周结束了允许伊朗与俄罗斯交换其浓缩铀用于未精制黄饼铀的交易,以及能够将其重水出售给阿曼的交易。美国也已经放弃了购买伊朗原油的国家的豁免,这是伊朗政府的主要收入来源。

目前,该协议限制伊朗将铀浓缩至3.67%,这可以为商业核电厂提供燃料。武器级铀需要增加到90%左右。然而,一旦一个国家将铀浓缩至20%左右,科学家们说,达到90%所需的时间减少了一半。伊朗此前已经增加到20%。

鲁哈尼表示,该决定旨在使协议复苏。 “这次手术是为了挽救(交易),而不是摧毁它,”他说。

“如果这五个国家加入谈判并帮助伊朗在石油和银行业领域获益,伊朗将根据核协议恢复其承诺,”鲁哈尼说。

尽管特朗普政府警告不要这样做,但欧洲已努力挽救与欧盟的协议,建立一个绕过美国制裁的贸易机制。

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