US government criticizes Iran’s “nuclear blackmail.”
According to its own statements, Iran has started the controversial increase in uranium enrichment in Fordo. The US State Department condemned the move.
The reaction from the USA to the increased uranium enrichment of Iran was not long in coming: The leadership in Tehran is trying to strengthen its “campaign of nuclear blackmail”, it said in a statement by the US State Department. However, this attempt will fail. The United States would discuss Iran’s conduct with the rest of the international community. It is trusted that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will monitor and report on new Iranian nuclear activities.
A government spokesman had previously announced that Iranian President Hassan Ruhani had instructed the Fordo nuclear facility to enrich uranium to up to 20 percent – a value that has not been reached since the international nuclear agreement came into force 2015. From a practical point of view, Iran has thus taken a step towards the production of uranium suitable for nuclear weapons, which must be 90 percent enriched.
In the nuclear agreement with the five UN veto powers and Germany, Iran had promised to refrain from higher uranium enrichment and to take further steps to make it impossible for the country to build atomic bombs. In return, economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic were lifted. However, the US withdrew from the treaty in 2018 and imposed new economic sanctions. In return, Iran had violated individual provisions of the treaty and increased uranium enrichment above the level specified in it from 3.67 percent to 4.5 percent.