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Yahoo NewsJun 17, 2019
Iran to Increase Uranium Enrichment In Violation of 2015 Nuclear Treaty
Iranian officials announced Monday that they will begin to increase uranium enrichment in violation of the 2015 international nuclear treaty that the U.S. withdrew from.Behrouz Kamalvandi, a spokesman for the Atomic Energy Agency, said the country's stockpile of low-enriched uranium will surpass the limit established under the treaty within ten days, according to the Iranian news agency Tasnim.The announcement by Iran's Atomic Energy Agency comes weeks after Tehran threatened to violate the 2015 nuclear treaty if the pact's remaining European signatories failed to shield the country from the effects of U.S. sanctions within sixty days.Kamalvandi left open the possibility of returning to compliance with the treaty if the European parties help to relieve some of the burden of U.S. sanctions by establishing alternative trade arrangements."As long as they comply by their commitments, these will go back," Kamalvandi said during a televised press conference at the country's Arak nuclear plant.Tensions between the U.S. and Iran continued to escalate last week after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that Iran was responsible for an attack on two oil tankers that occurred in the Strait of Hormuz on Thursday morning.House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) endorsed the Trump administration's finding of Iranian culpability during a Sunday interview on CBS's "Face the Nation," but criticized the maximum pressure campaign that Pompeo has pursued as needlessly p
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