Published: Sun, June 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Iran renews nuclear pact ultimatum amid tensions with US

Iran renews nuclear pact ultimatum amid tensions with US

Iran keeps sticking with the nuclear deal, even though the USA pulled out of it and imposed "unlawful sanctions backed by other parties", Hassan Rouhani said at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Tajikistan.

Rouhani expressed Iran's resolute opposition to the unilateral withdrawal of the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, calling it "a wrong action".

He also did not say what actions Iran would take, but the country's government said in May that it would begin enriching uranium at a higher level than allowed by the agreement unless the other signatories on the deal took steps within 60 days to protect Iran's economy from US sanctions.

"Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation tomorrow at the Arak heavy water site will announce preparatory steps that have been taken to further decrease Tehran's commitments under the deal", Tasnim said, without citing sources. "We also need to broaden our (international) support for this global situation", he added.

On Friday, in a TV interview on Fox News, Trump said, "Iran did do it".

The announcement was foreshadowed last month when Iran threatened to walk back its nuclear commitments if the worldwide community failed to contain the impact of U.S. sanctions applied by Washington after it pulled out of the deal. "To put a bomb at the side of the boat is not something we are considering".

"The intelligence community has lots of data, lots of evidence", said Pompeo.

The director general of ports and maritime affairs of Iran's Hormozgan province told Iran's student-run ISNA news agency on Saturday that no marine pollution was detected after the tanker explosions.

The decision by Iranian leaders came after a related warning last month.

"I think the Iranians are feeling the pressure of sanctions", he added.

Washington recently announced that no fresh sanction waivers will be issued for Iranian oil imports to eight countries, including India.

Helga Schmid, Secretary General of the European External Action Service (EEAS), addresses the 4th Europe-Iran Forum in Zurich, Switzerland October 4, 2017. It also released a video backing its claim.

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