Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government will not allow Iran to use its increases in uranium enrichment levels to make nuclear weapons, while speaking at a cabinet meeting in Jerusalem on Monday.
“Iran has announced that it will increase the level of uranium enrichment and promote the industrial capacity to enrich uranium underground. This is a gross and total violation of its commitments. There is no other explanation except the continued realization of Iran’s intention to manufacture nuclear weapons. I reiterate: Israel will not allow Iran to manufacture nuclear weapons, “Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu’s promise comes after Iran announced it would resume its enrichment of uranium to 20 percent purity, breaching its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Iran stresses that it has resumed enriching uranium to 20%, in accordance with its rights stipulated in the nuclear agreement and in coordination with the IAEA.
Iran on Monday began to inject gas into the centrifuges of the Fordo nuclear plant, which will once again enrich uranium to 20 percent. The measure has been taken within the framework of the law recently approved in Iran’s Parliament to force the United States and Europe to lift sanctions against the Persian country.
“Our corrective measures are fully in accordance with Article 36 of the PIAC, after years of non-compliance by other PIAC participants,” said Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Yavad Zarif, using the acronym of the Comprehensive Joint Action Plan, name official nuclear pact, sealed in 2015.
In a message posted on his account on the social network Twitter, Zarif also indicated that said process has been made known to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).
The Iranian Foreign Minister has also indicated that Iran’s steps, in response to the other signatories’ failure to comply with their obligations in the pact, are reversible, provided that the other parties to the pact fully comply with their part.
Talks in Vienna involving Iran and six other countries failed to reach a comprehensive agreement. Tehran says it is not seeking nuclear weapons, but atomic energy.