Preparations in Iran for an unlimited uranium enrichment program do not infringe on the conditions of the 2015 nuclear deal, according to the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran (AEOI).
The AEOI has some new projects, but these existed within the framework of the nuclear agreement and did not violate its rules, Iranian Nuclear Chief and Vice President, Ali-Akbar Salehi said on Tuesday.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna had also been informed in writing of the projects, Salehi said, adding that they were practical preparations in the event that the nuclear deal fails.
In early May, President Donald Trump withdrew the U.S. from the international pact and said sanctions would be reinstituted against Iran.
The other parties to the Iran nuclear deal are China, Germany, France, Britain and Russia.
On Monday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ordered Iran’s nuclear organisation to begin preparations “starting tomorrow” for the resumption of unlimited uranium enrichment.
He said that Iran could not trust any country and should prepare for the deal to fall through in spite EU promises. Similarly, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, responded on Tuesday to an announcement by Iran that it was beginning preparations to increase its uranium enrichment.
“The day before yesterday, Ayatollah Khamenei, the ruler of Iran, declared that his intention was to destroy the State of Israel.
“Yesterday, he explained how he would do it – with an unlimited enrichment of uranium in order to produce an arsenal of nuclear bombs,” Netanyahu said in a video statement.
“We are not surprised. We will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons,” he added.