U.S. accuses Iran of nuclear extortion but remains open to talks

U.S. accuses Iran of nuclear extortion but remains open to talks

"They'd better be very careful", he told reporters at the White House.

The UN watchdog told members states in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday that Iran is enriching uranium to 4.5% purity, above the 3.67% limit set by its deal, diplomats familiar with the figures said.

Ever since Iran announced its plans to scale back on nuclear commitments in response to what it perceives as inaction from European signatories, France has been in a diplomatic frenzy to keep the deal alive.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, meanwhile, denied the supertanker belonged to Iran, saying whoever owned the oil shipment and the vessel could pursue the case through legal avenues.

They also have asked for an urgent meeting of all remaining parties to the nuclear deal in the near future.

Abadi said in a German newspaper interview published earlier in the day that Teheran meant to preserve the nuclear deal if all other signatories honoured their commitments under it.

But Tehran says it has lost patience with perceived inaction by European countries more than a year after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the agreement. Under the provisions of the accord, signatories provided Iran with economic relief in exchange for curbs on the country's nuclear program, but the latest United States sanctions have highlighted the inability of the Europeans, as well as Russian Federation and China, to keep up with their commitments.

The rise in the enrichment level is still far below the 20 percent Iran refined to before the nuclear accord, and the roughly 90 percent needed to make uranium weapons-grade.

On Twitter, Trump contended that "Iran has always been secretly 'enriching, ' in total violation" of what he called "the bad 150 Billion Dollar deal made by (former U.S. Secretary of State) John Kerry and the Obama Administration" in agreeing to return money the Iranian government was owed at the same time the worldwide nuclear deal was signed four years ago.

Board Governors expressed their concern that Iran is expanding its proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities, U.S. Ambassador to the agency Jackie Wolcott said on Wednesday.

JCPOA was signed between Iran and six worldwide mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) on July 14, 2015.

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"It was a huge mistake by the Americans to leave the deal", said Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation.

The accord between Iran and world powers promised sanctions relief, economic benefits and an end to global isolation of the Islamic republic in return for stringent curbs on its nuclear programme.

The deal promised Iran sanctions relief in return for curbing its nuclear program. That has been a political nonstarter in Washington, meaning that the prospect of negotiations between Washington and Tehran remains bleak.

These moves come as part of a series of aggressive actions by the USA and Iran.

However, the EU's failure to ensure Iran's economic interests forced Tehran to stop honoring certain commitments, including an unlimited rise in the stockpile of enriched uranium.

It says it is also increasing its stockpile of low-enriched uranium above the limit set in the treaty. The IAEA has verified both developments.

The Trump administration placed two Lebanese lawmakers from Tehran ally Hezbollah on its sanctions blacklist Tuesday, but stopped short of carrying out an earlier threat to impose such measures on Iran's top diplomat.

Officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) it was signed by Iran, the five countries of the UNSC (the U.S., the U.K., France, China and Russia), Germany and the EU.

As the IAEA held an emergency meeting at Washington's request to discuss new developments with regard to Iran's nuclear program, the USA president Donald Trump accused Iran of secretly enriching uranium for a long time but offered no evidence, according to Reuters.

Tehran appears to have lost patience with the European countries in seeking relief from the USA sanctions.

"Iran will no longer unilaterally comply with the accord while the other sides refuse to honor their commitments", Shamkhani told Macron's aide. "You are an initiator of insecurity and you will understand its repercussions", he warned the British government, calling for the "full security" of global shipping lanes.

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