Iran Withdraws From Key Enrichment Aspect of Nuclear Deal
- Author: Sonia Alvarado Jan 07, 2020,
Jan 07, 2020, 0:32
It also didn't back off of earlier promises that it wouldn't seek a nuclear weapon. "It'll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame", Trump told reporters on Air Force One.
Iran insisted in a state television broadcast it remained open to negotiations with European partners, who so far have been unable to offer Tehran a way to sell its crude oil overseas despite USA sanctions. It also further raises regional tensions, as Iran's longtime foe Israel has promised never to allow Iran to be able to produce an atomic bomb.
According to reports, the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad was targeted in an attack on Sunday evening.
Trump said on Twitter that his tweets would serve as a notification to Congress regarding any action against Iran going forward after tensions escalated between the two countries in the wake of the killing of senior Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in a USA drone strike.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday on ABC's "This Week", that the world is a safer place as a result of Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani's death."This was a bad guy, we took him off the playing field".
The Trump administration says its goal is to force Iran to negotiate a more comprehensive deal, though that seems a remote prospect given the current realities. "The Islamic Republic of Iran no longer faces any limitations in operations".
It did not elaborate on what levels it would immediately reach in its program.
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While the announcement appears to signal the deal's ultimate collapse, Tehran will continue to cooperate with the United Nations nuclear watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, and plans to return to full compliance to the deal's original terms once USA sanctions on the economy are lifted.
Trump's warning came hours after the Iraqi parliament on Sunday passed a draft law requiring the government to end the presence of foreign forces in Iraq, and prevent them from using Iraqi air, space and water.
Soleimani's killing has escalated the crisis between Tehran and Washington after months of trading attacks and threats that have put the wider Middle East on edge.
Iran began gradually retreating from the accord after the US unilaterally withdrew from the agreement a year ago and reimposed crippling sanctions.
"The U.S. has commenced a unsafe adventure and any compromise will lead to more similar actions".
The Iranian lawmakers also described the US move as a "true example of terrorism".