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Iran enriching uranium to 4.5% purity, IAEA tells member states

Iran makes new nuclear threats to restart deactivated centrifuges and ramp up enrichment Tehran Journeys Down a Provocative Nuclear Path
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"As a result, the USA policy on the economic clampdown of Iran negatively affects the IAEA inspections in Iran", Ulyanov said.

Meanwhile, the USA special representative for Iran, Brian Hook, told Al Arabiya that Iran has rejected diplomacy "too many times", and that "right now, there are no back-channel talks between the United States and Iran".

"There is no credible reason for Iran to expand its nuclear program, and there is no way to read this as anything other than a crude and transparent attempt to extort payments from the worldwide community", the USA statement to an emergency global Atomic Energy Agency board meeting said.

He called UK's act a banditry adding that the act has been done under United States demand to sanctions Iran's oil exports and has nothing to do with Syria.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has told France's presidential envoy that Tehran has left the door open for diplomacy on the 2015 nuclear deal.

Jackie Wolcott, the US ambassador to the IAEA, told the gathering in Vienna that Iran's recent moves to enrich uranium beyond the deal's limits amounted to "nuclear extortion".

Netanyahu has the gall to make such remarks while the Islamic Republic of Iran has fully lived up to all of its JCPOA commitments and exercised responsible and strategic patience, Iranian officials say.

Meanwhile, President Rouhani has stressed that the reductions to the JCPOA commitments can be reversed once the European signatories to the deal live up to their commitments.

Earlier on Wednesday, Ali Shamkhani, a senior security official, told Bonne that the decision to increase enrichment is an "unchangeable strategy".

Having warned Iran against breaching the deal, the Europeans on Tuesday expressed "deep concern" about Iran's actions, but stopped short of initiating a process that could lead to the re-imposition of sanctions lifted under the 2015 deal.

Trump pulled the USA out of the deal, which offered sanctions relief if Tehran curbed its nuclear program.

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Iran reacted recently by increasing its uranium enrichment activities.

"Iran has always been secretly 'enriching, ' in total violation of the awful 150 Billion Dollar deal made by John Kerry and the Obama Administration", Trump said on Twitter. Trump said on Twitter.

Bolton sarcastically thanked Zarif for his "kind words", and tweeted that someday he would explain to Zarif how to end a "bad deal".

Making the remarks on the sidelines of Cabinet meeting, Mohammad Javad Zarif also added that the "snapback" mechanism, to renew United Nations sanctions, can not become operational since according to section 26 of JCPOA, this is violation of the nuclear deal.

Iran intends to preserve the nuclear deal with major powers if all parties fulfill their obligations under it, its ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) nuclear body told a German newspaper in an interview published on Wednesday. "It is imperative that this misbehavior not be rewarded, for if it is, Iran's demands and provocations will only escalate".

Tensions over Iran's nuclear program exacerbated after Washington unilaterally withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear program on May 8, 2018 and slapped U.S. economic sanctions on Iran's oil exports.

"What we want is the implementation of the existing nuclear deal that they have violated".

Wolcott reiterated that Washington believes the deal was ineffective, but remains "open to negotiation without preconditions". Discussions between Iran and France over the nuclear program are expected to start July 9.

USA and Iranian envoys to the International Atomic Energy Agency are expected to address the group Wednesday.

Iran remains committed to the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), but at the same time defends the nation's rights, Mousavi was quoted as saying by Press TV. The next day, its atomic energy agency announced that it was enriching uranium to 4.5 percent.

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