Nuclear Deal Breach - Trump Warns 'Iran Playing With Fire'
Tehran said it exceeded a limit on enriched uranium reserves under a 2015 nuclear deal abandoned by Washington. The news spurred US President Donald Trump to warn on Monday that Iran is “playing with fire”.
While Israel urged European states to sanction Iran, Russia also voiced regret but said the move was as a result of US pressure, which pushed the deal towards collapse.
Britain called on Tehran “to avoid any further steps away” from the landmark deal, and the UN said Iran must stick to its commitments under the accord.
The U.S withdrew from the nuclear deal last year and hit Iran’s crucial oil exports and financial transactions as well as other sectors with biting sanctions.
Tehran, sought to pressure the remaining parties to save the deal but on May 8 it said it would no longer respect the limit set on its enriched uranium and heavy water stockpiles.
It threatened to abandon further nuclear commitments unless Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia helped it circumvent sanctions, especially to sell its oil.
A U.S statement added that “even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms,” to which Zarif reacted on Tuesday by tweeting “seriously?” He querried in the tweet ‘One mustn’t dramatise’
Zarif insisted Iran had done nothing wrong. “We have NOT violated the #JCPOA,” he tweeted, referring to the deal.