Rouhani: Iran will increase uranium enrichment to whatever levels needed

"At the current crossroads, economic war is the main field for the enemy to confront us," Major General Hossein Salami was quoted as saying.

By REUTERS
July 3, 2019 12:37
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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. (photo credit: REUTERS)

GENEVA - Iran will increase its level of uranium enrichment after July 7 to whatever levels it needs beyond the 3.67% cap set in the landmark 2015 nuclear deal, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday, according to the IRIB news agency.

If the remaining signatories of the nuclear deal with world powers do not fulfill their promises, then the Arak nuclear reactor will return to its previous activities after July 7, Rouhani said.
The head of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards also said on Wednesday the enemy was worried about the prospect of war and was focused instead on an economic conflict, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

Tensions between the United States and Iran have increased since Trump pulled Washington out of a nuclear deal last year and moved to bar all international sales of Iranian oil.

Last month the United States came as close as it has ever come to bombing Iran, when President Donald Trump aborted a retaliatory air strike minutes before impact. Trump said he decided the strike, to punish Iran for shooting down a drone, would have killed too many people.

"In the military sphere, we have completely closed the path for the enemy," Major General Hossein Salami was quoted as saying.

"In the current situation it is the enemies who are worried about the outbreak of war and this worry is apparent in their physical and tactical behavior ... At the current crossroads, economic war is the main field for the enemy to confront us," he added.


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