Salehi, Iran’s atomic chief, who also serves as one of Rouhani’s vice presidents, warned that Tehran is ready to ramp up its uranium enrichment. “If we make the determination, we are able to resume 20 percent enrichment in at most five days,” he stated, adding, “Definitely, we are not interested in such a thing happening. We have not achieved the deal easily to let it go so easily. We are committed to the deal, and we are loyal to it.”
As part of the nuclear deal with world powers, co-signed by former President President Barack Obama, Iran processed its stockpile of near 20 percent uranium into a lower enrichment and turned some into fuel plates to power a research reactor and shipped the rest to Russia.
The 2015 accord also caps the country’s uranium enrichment at five percent.
In Al Jazeera’s recent article, reported by Rosiland Jordan, from the UN headquarters in New York, she said that there is “ongoing concern among diplomats that further US actions to hold Iran accountable for ‘unrelated but still very serious violations’ of international laws and Security Council resolutions ‘could end up ruining’ the entire deal.”
Trump has already signed new sanctions imposing mandatory penalties on people involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, as well as those who do business with them.
The US legislation also sanctioned Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for terrorism. Jordan said, “the moves made the Iranians very upset.”
Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned that Tehran could ramp up its nuclear program and quickly achieve a more advanced level if the US continues “threats and sanctions” against his country.
Iran maintains that its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, however, uranium enriched to 20 percent can be used for nuclear bombs.
At the time of the nuclear deal, it was believed that if Iran abandoned the accord, it would need at least a year to have enough nuclear material to build a bomb.
The Trump administration’s efforts to push back against Iran has US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley heading to Vienna to meet with UN monitors, and discuss whether or not Tehran is in full compliance with the nuclear deal, Jordan reported.
The intent of nuclear deal’s lifted sanctions was to reopen of the country’s economy, and boost its oil production and sales. Still, the economic benefits of the deal have not reached the average Iranian. However, multi-billion dollar deals are being signed with international companies, including Airbus and the US-based Boeing.
According to analysts, abandoning the deal would jeopardize these economic gains.