Iran plans to boost uranium enrichment capacity

Iran plans to boost uranium enrichment capacity

"If conditions allow, maybe tomorrow night at Natanz, we can announce the opening of the centre for production of new centrifuges" for uranium enrichment, said Salehi, a vice president and head of the Iranian Atomic Energy Organisation, according to conservative news agency Fars.

Iran denies the pursuit of an atomic programme for military purposes.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrive for a news conference after a meeting in Berlin, Monday, June 4, 2018.

On Sunday, Iran's top leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, tweeted that his country's "stance against Israel is the same stance we have always taken".

After the USA withdrawal on May 12, Iran said it would remain in the nuclear deal only if were protected from renewed US sanctions on key sectors of its economy such as oil, in cooperation with other signatories of the pact.

The vote came after Iran and the P5+1 group of countries signed a nuclear agreement in 2015.

Iran, which won sanctions relief in exchange for limiting its nuclear program, has said repeatedly its nuclear activity was exclusively peaceful in nature.

In his speech, Khamenei said Iran "will not tolerate being under sanctions, while limited in the nuclear field".

"This will inflame another religious war - this time a religious war inside Syria and the consequences will be many, many more refugees".

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In exchange, the country received relief from crippling sanctions, most of which were lifted in January 2016.

While Merkel recognized the need to investigate evidence Israel extracted from Iran related to the Islamic Republic's covert nuclear weapons program, she stood by the European position regarding the JCPOA's ability to contain the Iranian nuclear threat.

"Iran is trying to conquer the Middle East".

"Two days ago, Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, stated his intention to destroy the State of Israel", Netanyahu said in a video posted on social media.

The European powers argue it is the best way to head off a regional arms race and have vowed with Russian Federation and China, the two other signatory countries, to keep it alive.

"But we believe that this can be achieved with tough negotiations", she said.

The letter comes as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a tour of Europe created to turn European leaders' support for a revived accord into a US-style exit from it.

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