Iran breaks enriched uranium limit, endangering nuclear pact: Official media

The confrontation has put the United States in the position of demanding that the Europeans ensure Iranian compliance with an agreement that Washington itself has rejected.

Sources told Iran's Fars news agency that the country has exceeded the 660-pound limit on uranium enriched up to 3.67%, the latest provocation from Tehran and one that comes as military tensions between Iran and the us remain dangerously high.

He added that Iran was facing "unprecedented and unthinkable" USA sanctions, including an oil trade embargo, which are an attempt to "strangle" the country.

But "the Europeans´ efforts were not enough, therefore Iran will go ahead with its announced measures", Zarif said.

"United Kingdom remains committed to making deal work and using all diplomatic tools to de-escalate regional tensions", Hunt said in a tweet after Iran's announcement. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by ISNA as saying.

And it comes at a time of military escalation between Iran and its traditional foes - the U.S., Israel and Saudi Arabia - following a series of incendiary incidents in the region.

The Europeans say they wanted to help Iran boost its economy. Tehran has said it will begin breaching other parts of the agreement in the coming week if it does not get relief from USA sanctions.

The Trump administration confirmed Iran's latest enrichment breaches and demanded the Islamic Republic end its attempts to extort the globe.

"The most likely war would be between Israel and Iran if the Iranians started to reprocess and enrich beginning July the 7 in a manner that would accelerate their path to a bomb", Graham said.

Iran's uranium conversion facility near Isfahan, which reprocesses uranium ore concentrate into uranium hexafluoride gas, which is then taken to Natanz and fed into the centrifuges for enrichment, March 30, 2005.

Under the nuclear deal, Iran is only allowed to produce low-enriched uranium, which has a 3-4% concentration.

'I worry about the snowball effect, ' said Corey Hinderstein, a vice president at the Washington-based Nuclear Threat Initiative who once led the U.S. Energy Department's Iran task force.

While Iran has insisted that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, Israeli agents a year ago smuggled out of Iran tens of thousands of documents and other evidence related to Iran's illegal nuclear program.

Iran hawks in Congress accuse Tehran of nuclear blackmail and are calling for even greater sanctions to bring the regime to its knees. Still, Britain's commitment to the accord "relies on Iran complying with the full terms of the deal", James Slack told reporters. The U.S. says Iran also has attacked six tankers in the Gulf of Oman and worked in tandem with sympathetic militias to harass Saudi Arabia with rocket and drone attacks-allegations Iran denies.

Abbas Araghchi, political deputy at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran looks on during a meeting of the Joint Commission of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) attended by the E3 2 (China, France, Germany, Russia, United Kingdom) and Iran, June 28, at the Palais Coburg in Vienna, Austria.

Iran claims its nuclear program is exclusively for peaceful purposes, including power generation.

  • Leroy Wright