Iran breaches uranium enrichment limits set by nuclear deal

Iran has started to harness uranium beyond the purity threshold it agreed to as part of a  nuclear deal, the Iranian government announced Sunday. This means that Iran is no longer complying the agreement of the  2015 deal it signed with the United States and  five other countries.

The move comes after US President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal and re-introduced economic sanctions on Iran in 2018. Iran announced a partial withdrawal from the deal in May and gave a 60-day ultimatum to the European signatories of the deal to ease sanctions on its banking and oil sectors.

The Nuclear Deal, technically called Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was intended to limit Iran’s civilian nuclear program and prevent it from developing nuclear weapons.

Government spokesperson for Ira, Ali Rabiei said Iran would cross the agreed 3.67% threshold on Sunday, adding that future concentration will be based on Iran’s needs.

Keeping uranium enrichment to below 3.67% was one of the commitments Iran made in return for the lifting of economic sanctions in 2015. The level is enough for civil use to power parts of the country, but not enough to build a nuclear bomb.

Iran made two other major commitments as part of the deal. It agreed to reduce the number of its centrifuges, the tube-shaped machines that are used to enrich uranium, by two-thirds, and to slash its stockpile of enriched uranium by 98%.

The International Atomic Energy Agency said Sunday its inspectors would verify Iran’s announcement.

UK and Germany urged Iran to stop and reverse all activities inconsistent with its obligations. French President Emmanuel Macron condemned Iran on Sunday for breaching the limits.

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