As Iran has entered another phase of its disengagement from the nuclear agreement concluded in 2015 with the world powers, with the injection of uranium gas into hundreds of centrifuges, the United States accuses it of preparing for “a rapid nuclear eruption”.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accuses Tehran of preparing for a nuclear war. He made this statement after the Islamic Republic intensified its activities in its underground Fordow nuclear power plant. He warned against Tehran’s “violence and terror” and urged the international community to take immediate action, reports Al Jazeera. According to Pompeo, Iran has just taken a “big step in the wrong direction”.
“Iran’s latest nuclear escalations reflect the regime’s long-standing intentions: to extort the international community to accept its violence and terror. Members of the international community who are rightly concerned about Iran’s latest attacks and provocations should imagine how Iran would behave with a nuclear weapon. The time has come for all nations to reject nuclear extortion of this regime and take serious steps to increase pressure. Iran’s numerous nuclear provocations require such action,” Pompeo said in a statement.
The nuclear agreement was concluded in 2015 with several European powers and the United States. It consists in easing sanctions against Iran so that Tehran can put an end to the enrichment of uranium for military purposes. The United States withdrew from the nuclear agreement in May 2018 and reimposed crippling sanctions on Tehran. Iran has therefore threatened to resume its work towards nuclear weapons. Since the beginning of the year, the country has started to withdraw from the agreement in several stages.
Although France has indicated that it will open a €15 billion credit line to Iran to ease its economy from US sanctions, and thus Tehran will stop uranium enrichment, Iranian leaders have said that France is not trustworthy. The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) confirmed the final stage of the nuclear programme after 2,000 kg (4,400 pounds) of uranium hexafluoride was transferred from the Natanz nuclear facility in Fordow. Iran had previously announced that 1,044 centrifuges had been installed in this well-protected facility.