Tehran is on the verge of violating the Iran nuclear deal with the announcement on Monday that it will exceed its uranium stockpile limit in the next 10 days, raising heightened tensions in the region even further.
Under the terms of the nuclear agreement, Iran can keep a stockpile of no more than 300kg (660lbs) of low-enriched uranium. In a briefing on Monday, Kamalvandi said that given Iran’s recent decision to quadruple its production of low-enriched uranium, it would pass the limit on 27 June.
After exceeding the limit, Iran will accelerate uranium enrichment to 3.7%, Kamalvandi said — above the 3.67% mandated by the nuclear deal.
Kamalvandi also said Tehran might also start the process of enriching uranium up to 20%, closer to weapons-grade, from 7 July.
- Early Thursday, a US Navy drone — a huge, unmanned aircraft — over the Strait of Hormuz was shot down by Iran. The regime insisted the drone violated Iranian airspace but Washington said it had been flying over international waters.
The United States made preparations for a military strike against Iran on Thursday night in retaliation to the drone downing, but the operation was abruptly called off with just hours to go.
Reports claim the targets would have included radars and missile batteries and that President Donald Trump had approved the strikes but then called them off.
- Earlier this week the US announced it is sending about 1,000 more troops to the Middle East
- On Wednesday, a US oil giant was among other Western oil refineries targeted in a rocket attack in Iraq.
- On June 13, two oil tankers, the Japanese Kokuka Courageous and the Norwegian Front Altair, were struck by a suspected torpedo, forcing their crews to abandon ship.
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