Iran to surpass uranium stockpile deal limit from June 27: nuclear official

Published June 17, 2019
Iranian workers stand in front of a nuclear power plant, about 1,200 kilometres south of Tehran, in this file picture taken on Oct 26, 2010.—Reuters/File
Iranian workers stand in front of a nuclear power plant, about 1,200 kilometres south of Tehran, in this file picture taken on Oct 26, 2010.—Reuters/File

Iran will surpass the uranium stockpile limit set under the nuclear deal agreed with world powers from June 27, a top Iranian nuclear official said on the state television on Monday.

“Today the countdown to pass the 300 kilogrammes reserve of enriched uranium has started and in 10 days time... we will pass this limit,” Iran's atomic energy organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi said at a press conference broadcast live.

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“This is based on the Articles 26 and 36 of the (nuclear deal), and will be reversed once other parties live up to their commitments,” he added, speaking from the Arak nuclear plant south-west of Tehran.

On May 8, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani announced that Tehran would stop observing restrictions on its stocks of enriched uranium and heavy water agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal.

He said the move was in retaliation for the unilateral US withdrawal from the accord a year earlier, which saw Washington impose tough economic sanctions on Tehran.

Iran has threatened to go even further by July 8 unless remaining partners to the deal — Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia — help it circumvent US sanctions and especially enable it to sell its oil.

Under the agreement, Iran pledged to reduce its nuclear capacities for several years and allow international inspectors inside the country to monitor its activities in return for relief from international sanctions.

The deal set a limit on the number of uranium-enriching centrifuges, and restricted its right to enrich uranium to no higher than 3.67 per cent, well below weapons-grade levels of around 90pc.

It also called on Iran to export enriched uranium and heavy water to ensure that the country's reserves would stay within the production ceiling set by the agreement, yet recent US restrictions have made such exports virtually impossible.

US denounces 'nuclear blackmail'

A White House National Security Council spokesman said Iran's plan amounted to “nuclear blackmail” and must be met with increased international pressure.

Britain said if Iran breached agreed limits then London would look at “all options.” Israel, Iran's arch foe, urged world powers to step up sanctions against Tehran swiftly should it exceed the enriched uranium limit.

However, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the EU would only react to any breach if the International Atomic Energy Agency formally identified on

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