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Increasing Uranium Enrichment Not to Develop an Iranian Nuke

by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Iran abhors nuclear weapons, their development and production banned by religious edict, nukes considered hostile to Islam by Tehran.

Trump regime and establishment media hysteria followed Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif, saying Tehran “surpassed the 300kg (low-uranium enrichment) limit, and we had already announced” an intention to exceed it, adding:

“(W)e have said very clearly what we are doing and consider this as part of our rights as per the JCPOA.”

The following day, President Rouhani said on July 7, “our enrichment level will no longer be 3.67%. We will set this commitment aside.”

Beginning on Sunday, uranium enrichment will increase to “any amount that we want,” he added — a diplomatic move, not a hostile or illegal one.

JCPOA Article 26 states: “The US   Administration, acting consistent with the respective roles of the President and the Congress, will refrain from imposing new nuclear-related sanctions. Iran has stated that it will treat such a re-introduction or re-imposition of the sanctions specified in Annex II, or such an imposition of new nuclear-related sanctions, as grounds to cease performing its commitments under this JCPOA in whole or in part” — its legal right.

The same obligation holds for Britain, France, Germany and the EU. They’re bound by JCPOA provisions.

The agreement’s Article 36 states: If European actions “constitute significant non- performance, then (Iran) could treat the unresolved issue as grounds to cease performing its commitments under this JCPOA in whole or in part and/or notify the UN Security Council that it believes the issue constitutes significant non-performance.”

Iranian actions explained above followed Europe’s betrayal, siding with illegal Trump regime sanctions, refusing to maintain normal economic and trade relations with Tehran, especially purchase of its oil.

The JCPOA nuclear deal only matters if observed by its signatories and world community — clearly not the case.

If Europe doesn’t change its policy, the agreement is likely doomed. More ominously, the risk of US aggression on Iran is greater, what Trump regime hardliners want, inventing pretexts to get their way.

Trump responded to Rouhani’s remark tweeting: 

“Iran has just issued a New Warning. Rouhani says that they will Enrich Uranium to ‘any amount we want’ if there is no new Nuclear Deal. Be careful with the threats, Iran. They can come back to bite you like nobody has been bitten before!”

Tehran will also restart construction of its Arak heavy water research reactor, its legitimate right, relinquished as a concession to reach agreement on the JCPOA nuclear deal.

It hasn’t produced or tested natural uranium pellets, fuel pins or assemblies designed for the reactor, what it’s legally entitled to do ahead. 

It may choose to pursue all Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty permitted actions because of Europe’s betrayal — while allowing uninterrupted IAEA access to its nuclear facilities.

Rouhani’s “advice to Europe and the US is to return to logic, return to the negotiation table, return to understanding, mutual respect, and we all implement the JCPOA under this condition.”

The US, Britain, France, Germany, and the EU demand Iran fulfill its JCPOA obligations despite their flagrant breaches of the agreement — a double standard Tehran rejects.

In mid-June, Pompeo lied accusing Iran of links to al-Qaeda — created and supported by the US, along with ISIS and other terrorist groups, ones Tehran strongly opposes.

Pompeo and Bolton falsely claim the US has the right to attack Iran militarily — what international law clearly prohibits except in self-defense.

Ahead of Trump’s militarized 4th of July spectacle in Washington, a manned US spy plane provocatively entered Iranian airspace, daring the IRGC to down it, Tehran’s legal right it chose not to invoke.

In late June, Trump threatened to “obliterat(e)” Iran if its forces attack “anything American.” US casualties would constitute the most likely convenient pretext  White House hardliners seek for war on the country, especially when followed by screaming anti-Iran establishment media headlines.

They’re consistently hostile toward nations on the US target list for regime change, supporting its illegal sanctions and hot wars, instead of responsibly denouncing them.

Separately, Iran’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said “(h)olding talks with America can be reviewed by Iran only If Trump lifts the sanctions and our supreme leaders gives permission to hold such talks.”

Iran also demands that the US return to the internationally binding JCPOA and observe its provisions as a prerequisite for talks with Trump.

His regime has no intention of fulfilling its obligations under international law — why diplomatic talks with its hardliners will achieve nothing positive.

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Stephen Lendman
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.