The chips continue to fall…
The Iranian atomic agency confirmed Monday the country will soon exceed the limit for its uranium stockpiles.
Speaking at a live news conference broadcast on Iranian state television, spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi added Tehran will also increase enrichment levels “based on the country’s needs.”
The announcement follows comments by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani that his country will continue scaling back compliance of the nuclear deal unless other signatories show “positive” signals about the agreement.
U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from that deal last May.
“This was a horrible one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made,” Trump said. “It didn’t bring calm, it didn’t bring peace, and it never will.”
Now Iran is fully pursuing its race to full nuclear self-sufficiency, Behrouz Kamalvandi said.
“Today the countdown to pass the 300 kilograms reserve of enriched uranium has started and in 10 days time we will pass this limit,” he said.
His comments come in the wake of suspected attacks on oil tankers last week in the region.
Kamalvandi acknowledged the country had already quadrupled its production of low-enriched uranium.
Iran began its boost to nuclear reserves last July when it announced its stockpile of uranium stood at close to 950 tons.